Jill Rachlin
January 15, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Stranger Among Us

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
110 minutes
performer
Eric Thal, Melanie Griffith, James Gandolfini, Mia Sara, Jamey Sheridan
director
Sidney Lumet
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Robert J. Avrech
genre
Romance, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an D-

After a young Hasid is murdered, a tough, miniskirted new York cop (Melanie Griffith) goes undercover as a Hasid and falls head-over-sensible-heels for the rebbe?s son (Eric Thal). With her whiny voice and sexy pout, Griffith is hard to take seriously as a hard-boiled cop. The only thing more ridiculous in A Stranger Among Us is her love affair with the rebbe?s deeply religious son (they break taboo by touching, kissing, and dancing, she in only an oversize shirt and sweat socks). The Hasidic scenes lit in gold will make you want to adjust your TV?s brightness; don?t bother. Just fast-forward: the sooner you get to the end, the better. D-

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