Picks and Pans Review: A Price Above Rubies

updated 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Renée Zellweger, Christopher Eccleston

Oy, what a mess. A Price Above Rubies stars Jerry Maguire's Zellweger as an ultra-Orthodox Jewish housewife who wants more from life than bad sex with her nerdy Talmudic-scholar hubby (Glenn Fitzgerald). She goes to work selling jewelry for her brother-in-law (Eccleston), with whom she begins a loveless affair. More lousy sex. The longer Rubies goes on, the more one wonders if the point isn't to belittle the lovemaking abilities of religious Jewish men. No wonder there have been protests about the film. Zellweger is more whiny than spunky, and the men all come off badly. You don't have to be Jewish to be put off by Rubies, but it helps. (R)

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