While it was advertised as a warm, feel-good family comedy a la
MOONSTRUCK, this film is actually a bit more. It may remind viewers of other "crazy family" films, but USED PEOPLE is somewhat darker, harsher and more rewarding than first impressions would indicate.
The film is set in Queens, New York, in 1969, just as two miracles are about to occur: man's landing on the moon, and the Met's world series victory. Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) and her family are returning from her husband's funeral, back to an apartment crammed with food, bickering relatives
and nosy neighbors. One visitor is Joe (Marcello Mastroianni) whom no one seems to know; he claims ...