Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 27, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

For Roseanna

Current Status
In Season
Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Luigi Diberti
Paul Weiland

We gave it a C-

You can just about hear the accountants in the back room bellowing, ”Gimme me some of that Il Postino feeling!” So director Paul Weiland and veteran screenwriter Saul Turteltaub dredge it up by the vatful with this synthetic, stereotype-drenched drama about an Italian tavern owner (Jean Reno from The Professional) intent on keeping everyone in town alive in order to save one of the church’s few remaining grave sites for his dying but lusty(!) wife (Mercedes Ruehl, in full mamma mia mode). Meanwhile, the signora schemes to interest her husband in marrying her plum tomato of a younger sister (Enchanted April‘s Polly Walker) after she kicks. The ”charm” of For Roseanna is about as authentic as the Village People — who, unfortunately, don’t supply the soundtrack, since that, too, is a knockoff of the Il Postino anthem. C-

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