Something to forget about. In this painfully contrived comedy of Southern manners, Julia Roberts's waning star power finally winks out; her trademark coltishness doesn't enhance the uneasily fused sensibilities of director Lasse Hallstrom (MY LIFE AS A DOG, WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE)
and briefly celebrated screenwriter Callie Khouri (THELMA AND LOUISE). Julia plays a wealthy horse breeder married to philandering Dennis Quaid (whose career has just been admitted to the ICU); the plot is a frayed string of old-movie tropes lifted from Tennessee Williams and NATIONAL VELVET. The
incomparable Gena Rowlands, as Julia's mom, isn't given much to do.