A ludicrous, outrageously overwrought period soap opera whose preposterous plot twists are so incompetently realized that murder, adultery, bitter fraternal rivalry, violation of religious vows (oh, which vow do you think?
) and amour
seem just as dull as dull can be. Arthur and Eleanor Barret (William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe) are the cream of Boston Catholic society. He's wealthy; she's a disciple of Virginia Woolfe and author of a series of literary novels championing women's rights. Eleanor wants desperately to bear
her husband's child, but because he's sterile they hire a hunky youngster (Neil Patrick Harris) to act in loco paternis.