The Grass Harp

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Southern Gothic lite. Orphaned Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) is sent off to live with his cousins, a pair of maiden ladies who still live in their childhood home. Verena (Sissy Spacek) is a hard-headed harpy, all sharp edges and sharper remarks, while the gentle Dolly (Piper Laurie) -- older but far less capable -- lives in a fantasy world that she shares...read more

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Southern Gothic lite. Orphaned Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) is sent off to live with his cousins, a pair of maiden ladies who still live in their childhood home. Verena (Sissy Spacek) is a hard-headed harpy, all sharp edges and sharper remarks, while the gentle Dolly (Piper

Laurie) -- older but far less capable -- lives in a fantasy world that she shares with the impressionable Collin. It all ends poignantly. Producer-director Charles Matthau (son of Walter) bites off more than he can chew with this piece of bittersweet whimsy, based on the slender novel by Truman

Capote. But not by much, and he gets by with a little help from his friends. The cast is nothing short of an embarrassment of riches: Dad as Judge Good, Jack Lemmon playing a smooth con man, Nell Carter as sassy maid Catherine, Mary Steenburgen hootchie-kooch dancing through as a preacher lady...

It's just a shame that the uniformly fine performances are at the service of a story that seems a bit too familiar and not quite sharp enough to warrant the effort.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Southern Gothic lite. Orphaned Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) is sent off to live with his cousins, a pair of maiden ladies who still live in their childhood home. Verena (Sissy Spacek) is a hard-headed harpy, all sharp edges and sharper remarks, while th… (more)

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