Picks and Pans Review: Angie

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Geena Davis, Stephen Rea

Davis lives—-uneasily—in a working-class section of Brooklyn in this comedy-drama about a young woman's search for self. Her close-knit neighborhood is increasingly confining. The aspirations of her best friend (Aida Turturro) and her longtime boyfriend (James Gandolfini)—marriage and a big family—seem puny. Davis, whose mother mysteriously disappeared when she was small, yearns for more, a point supposedly made manifest when she is seen leafing through a book of French Impressionist paintings and making a visit to a museum. When Davis discovers she is pregnant, the ecstatic Gandolfini, her father (Philip Boseo) and stepmother (Jenny O'Hara) start planning the wedding. Davis, meanwhile, starts an affair with Rea, a winsome lawyer, and calls off the nuptials. When the baby is born and Davis learns that Rea is not in for the long haul, she is forced to deal with a new and difficult life, as well as a long-kept family secret. Although Davis gives a determined performance, Angie, alas, is as unfocused and directionless as the title character. The movie catches fire only in the scenes with Davis and Rea—and even some of those strain belief. (R)

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