Picks and Pans Review: Girls' Night
Showtime (Sun., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. ET)
There's a word for this British film: tearjerker. And it qualifies as a good cry part of the way. Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) and Julie Walters (Educating Rita) skillfully portray sisters-in-law, best friends and factory coworkers who split the take when Blethyn wins 100,000 pounds in a national bingo game. The feisty Walters slams out of her empty marriage and tells off her officious boss. Blethyn is quickly confronted with a recurrence of the cancer she thought was behind her. Where does Girls' Night go from here? Unfortunately, it abandons its strength—a close observation of English small-town life, with its mix of desperation and humor—and takes the principals on an impulsive trip to Las Vegas, where they chance to meet a grizzled but handsome cowboy and Vietnam vet (Kris Kristofferson) who offers a little wisdom ("Take each day as it comes") and the possibility of love. This character is so phony we could weep.
Bottom Line: Not worth using three hankies
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