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The unlikely relationship between a pregnant high school student and a brooding electronics repairman lies at the center of this droll comedy from writer-director Hal Hartley. Intelligent but unconventional, Maria (Adrienne Shelly) has more to worry about than her pregnancy, as her expectant state drives away her boyfriend and triggers a fatal heart attack in her father. Meanwhile, Matthew (Martin Donovan) has his own problems: an abusive father, a heightened sense of morality that prevents him from taking semi-lucrative television repair jobs, and a suicidal streak that causes him to carry around a potentially deadly grenade. The meeting of these troubled minds at first promises to be beneficial for both, but sours as they are forced to interact with each other's dysfunctional families. As in all of Hartley's pictures, the narrative is filtered through an amusingly detached sensibility that some may consider an acquired taste. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:July 26, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Hal Hartley Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award 1990 Winner

Cast

Adrienne Shelly
as Maria Coughlin
Martin Donovan
as Matthew Slaughter
Merritt Nelson
as Jean Coughlin
John A. MacKay
as Jim Slaughter
Edie Falco
as Peg Coughlin
Marko Hunt
as John Coughlin
Matt Malloy
as Ed
Tom Thon
as Deli Man
Bill Sage
as John Bill
Chris Cooke
as Diner Guy
Nena Segal
as Aunt Fay
Karen Sillas
as Nurse Paine
Chris Cooke
as Diner Guy
Nena Segal
as Aunt Fay
Tom Thon
as Deli Man
Matt Malloy
as Ed
Bill Sage
as John Bill

Crew

Hal Hartley
Director
Jerome Brownstein
Producer
Ted Hope
Producer
Bruce Weiss
Producer
Hal Hartley
Screenwriter
Michael Spiller
Cinematographer
Nick Gomez
Editor
Julie Fabian
Art Director
Claudia Brown
Costume Designer
Sigrid Insull
Costume Designer
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