Once Around

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"The Bellas were one big happy family. Then Renata met Sam..."
  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.5  (5,118)

Once Around is a romantic comedy-drama released in 1991, directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and Danny Aiello. The film follows the story of a financially unstable family called the Bellaucus, who get caught up in the excitement of the wedding of their daughter, Renata (Holly Hunter), to Sam (Danny Aiello), who is a businessman.

Renata is an independent and spirited woman who works as a graphic designer. She loves her family deeply, but there is an obvious tension between her and her father, Joe (Richard Dreyfuss). Joe is an amiable but overbearing man, who is used to getting his way in life. He is impressed by Sam's wealth and status and hopes that he will be able to provide for his daughter in ways that he could not.

Once Renata and Sam tie the knot, the newlyweds decide to throw a lavish dinner party, inviting their close family and friends. Renata's father, Joe, attends the party and meets Sam's family for the first time. Joe is immediately drawn to Sam's mother, Marilyn, played by Gena Rowlands, whom he finds charming and attractive.

Marilyn, a free-spirited woman and a true artist at heart, easily charms everyone. Her artistic nature and unbridled passion for life are a refreshing change for Joe, who has always been more conservative, but it is her uninhibited nature that leads her to conflict with Joe's rigid and controlling approach to life.

As Joe starts to spend more time with Marilyn, he becomes increasingly infatuated with her, and his life, once predictable and stable, takes an unexpected turn. Joe starts to question everything he thought he wanted in life, and his relationship with Marilyn starts to create a rift between him and his family, particularly Renata.

The film manages to capture the complexities of family relationships and the challenges that come with evolving emotions and changing dynamics. It is a touching, romantic, and often funny story that explores the various themes of love, passion, and self-discovery.

Richard Dreyfuss delivers a captivating performance as Joe Bellaucus, a man who is trying to discover himself in the midst of personal and family turmoil. Holly Hunter is outstanding as Renata, bringing a depth and complexity to her character that resonates with many viewers. The supporting cast also delivers solid performances, with Danny Aiello, Gena Rowlands, and Laura San Giacomo bringing their characters to life with depth and nuance.

Director Lasse Hallström's deft touch is evident throughout the film, bringing a sense of authenticity to the story and characters. The film's pacing is excellent, never faltering, and the cinematography captures the beautiful setting perfectly.

Overall, Once Around is a heartwarming, romantic comedy that delves into the complexities and challenges of modern relationships. It's a charming film that manages to find the perfect balance between humor and depth, making it an engaging and emotionally satisfying viewing experience.

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    6.5  (5,118)