The legendary Katharine Hepburn casts a long shadow over James Prideaux's lightweight tale of sense and celebrity.
Best-selling author Laura Lansing (Katharine Hepburn) rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, which may be why her Manhattan publisher, Larry
Baumgartner (Lee Richardson), worries that Laura has lost touch with her great unwashed public. Sales are down and Larry rejects Laura’s latest manuscript, suggesting that she's had a good run and it might be time to retire. Larry bets Laura wouldn’t last a week among the hoi polloi, and Laura both accepts the dare and agrees to stop writing if she can't hack living like a regular person… no restorative trips to Manhattan allowed! Larry's in-house accountant, Walter Gomphers (Joel Higgins), agrees to house Laura, both for some extra cash and in hopes of impressing the big boss. But he has no idea what he's in for: As imperious as any empress, Laura descends upon his family's suburban home and starts rearranging their furniture and their lives to suit herself. Walter's long-suffering wife, Melody (Karen Austin), bears the brunt of Laura's demands while he "works" late with his ditsy secretary. Haughty though Laura ma be, she also has her head screwed on right, and after her common sense attitudes rub off Gomphers' teenagers (Sean Harmon, Schuyler Grant), the Great Lady takes it upon herself to help the self-deprecating Melody stand up for herself. When Laura gets wind of Walter’s flirtations, she arranges a date for Melody with her favorite soap opera star (Nicolas Surovy) that should bring Walter around, since no man wants to be married to a doormat. Her plan backfires when Melody considers succumbing to the hammy Romeo’s pitch. To patch up the Gomphers marriage, Laura must head for Manhattan. But has she grown fond enough of her ready-made family to forfeit her bet?
Even Hepburn can’t make fast food taste like a gourmet meal. But she spices up this formulaic farce and proves that her comic timing was as sharp in 1988 as it had been decades earlier.
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- Released: 1988
- Rating: R
- Review: The legendary Katharine Hepburn casts a long shadow over James Prideaux's lightweight tale of sense and celebrity. Best-selling author Laura Lansing (Katharine Hepburn) rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, which may be why her Manhattan publisher,… (more)