Ty Burr
June 18, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Cemetary Club

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Danny Aiello, Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd
director
Bill Duke
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a D

THE CEMETARY CLUB Ellen Burstyn, Danny Aiello (1993, Touchstone, PG-13, $94.95) A Jewish widow (Burstyn) stuck in shivah city gets offered a second chance at life by a kindly nudnick (Aiello) who won’t say no-hey, didn’t this come out on tape two weeks ago? Sure did, only then it was called Used People and starred Shirley MacLaine. Cemetery Club is measurably worse, despite likable leads. Costars Olympia Dukakis and Diane Ladd are never less than shrill, and the sub-sitcom jokes reek of the Broadway stage from whence this came and should have stayed. D -TB

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