Main Plot Points:
- Sweet Lorraine stars Tatum O’Neal who plays a New Jersey house-wife intent upon getting her husband into the mayor’s office, even if it means digging into her seedy, albeit sultry, past.
- The film confronts social issues and makes satirical commentary on the gender divide, using dark humor and boxing to deliver its message.
What We Thought:
- I’m a huge fan of character actors and Sweet Lorraine is a film full of them. That’s not a negative in the slightest.
- Tatum O’Neal plays the wife of a Methodist minister trying to hide from a secret past while her husband runs for mayor. You have to have skeletons in the closet if you are going for political satire in film.
- And that’s what the film does best, satire. The characters are over the top, but serve the purpose/message of the film. Scott William Winters (who I will always think of as the How do you like them apples? Guy in Good Will Hunting) is the current mayor who’s into some weird stuff like every great politician. Of course it has to come back to haunt him right?
- Then there’s Steven Bauer and Peter Greene, two guys who I’m big fans of. Bauer is running for office and Greene is one of those guys who knows things, people and knows how to fix things. Again, all characters serving a purpose. You’re never quite sure who is on the up and up, who’s going to win and just how far people will go.
- That’s why the film works. It’s not trying to be anything it’s not, it’s using characters to put out some messages about politics and human nature. It uses quality actors making the most out of their characters without ever feeling lost or having too much going on at any time.
- Fans of Tatum O’Neal should look out for Sweet Lorraine. It’s probably her best work in a long time. Bauer, Greene and the rest of the cast are just as good and the film has some messages without beating you over the head with them. Because of that it is…
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Tatum O’Neal
- Steven Bauer
- Peter Greene
- Scott William Winters
Recommended if You Like:
- 1000 Times More Brutal
- Tatum O’Neal
- Political Dramas/Comedies