Strapless In David Hare's Strapless , Blair Brown plays a lonely physician living in England who has spent her entire life Denying Her Deepest Impulses. When… R PT100M Drama Blair Brown Bridget Fonda RCA/Columbia Home Video
Movie Review

Strapless

MPAA Rating: R

Details Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Drama; Distributor: RCA/Columbia Home Video

In David Hare's Strapless, Blair Brown plays a lonely physician living in England who has spent her entire life Denying Her Deepest Impulses. When she meets a kind and worldly Continental gentleman (Bruno Ganz) who seems intent on marrying her, she allows herself to be swept up into romantic passion — not realizing, in her schoolgirl naivete, that there are some things Prince Charming isn't telling her.

Brown is an appealing actress, but Hare, the British playwright (Plenty), directs in such a stiff, premeditated way that he squeezes the juice right out of her. The movie is full of schematic symbolism and twitty, overexplicit exchanges, such as, She: ''Is thinking of things always better than doing them?'' He: ''Hardly. In your case, no.'' Strapless does feature a lively turn by Bridget Fonda as Brown's free-spirited sister, but most of it plays like a Pretty Woman for Mensa alumni — it's pitched too high for human ears.

Originally posted May 11, 1990 Published in issue #13 May 11, 1990 Order article reprints