Denise Lanctot
September 19, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Daytrippers

Current Status
In Season
Hope Davis, Anne Meara, Greg Mottola, Pat McNamara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Marcia Gay Harden
Steven Soderbergh
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B

What a difference a day makes when those little hours are spent driving into Manhattan in a secondhand station wagon with your wacky family to find out why someone named Sandy wrote your husband a love letter. Following the trail of marital infidelity in this eccentric charmer is a very funny ensemble of Long Island misfits headed by Anne Meara, priceless as the mall matriarch, and Hope Davis, who plays the lovely, disbelieving wife. All writer-director Greg Mottola’s debut The Daytrippers needs is a hip soundtrack instead of the aimless, tepid score, but the rewind-that-scene dialogue is as sharp as the unexpected and satisfying turns on the bumpy road to romantic enlightenment. B

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