THE AMATI GIRLS
The Importance of Family
Release Date: January 19, 2001
Starring: Mercedes Ruehl, Cloris
Leachman, Paul Sorvino, Dinah
Manoff, Sean Young, Mark
Harmon, Jamey Sheridan & Lily
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Providence Entertainment
Director: Anne De Salvo
Executive Producer: Howard Kazanjian & Craig C.
Producer: James Alex, Steven Johnson,
Michael Levy, & Henry M. Shea,
Writer: Anne De Salvo
Address Comments To:Victor L. Vanden Oever, Chief Executive Officer
13801 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 728-9700
Fax: (818) 728-9710
A common meeting ground for the family is large family meals. Up front, this large gathering of the clan introduces the audience to the different members. Mom is still grieving over the death of her husband and wants her oldest girl, Grace, to sew a burial dress for her.
Grace is a spiritual leader of the family. She has submitted herself to her husband, who is a little bit of a lout. When anybody needs anything, they turn to Grace.
Dolores, a mentally retarded sister, continually asks Grace to tell her to which saint she should pray, and Grace is always there with an answer.
Another sister, Christine, has a husband who never shows up. He is a workaholic, and Christine and their daughter long for his company.
Seeing the defects of that family, another sister, Denise, refuses to make a commitment to a marital relationship.
Many trials and tribulations occur. Character growth happens in a positive way; although prayers are not answered, it is clear that faith and family are extremely important. After a major tragedy, in a state of frenzy, Dolores shatters the statues of the saints in the church. Afterwards, in the end, however, even Dolores finds a romantic interest.
THE AMATI GIRLS preaches many moral virtues. The character development is superb, and the acting is superior. The movie, however, is somewhat episodic because it is not driven by a plot line, but by characters. It is regrettable that there are some lightweight profanities and obscenities in the movie. These are rebuked once, but once is not enough.
In all, this is a captivating tale. This family seems like everyone’s friend, and, there are many lessons to be learned from the charming AMATI GIRLS.
THE AMATI GIRLS is a captivating tale that preaches many virtues but contains some light foul language and a romantic premise. The character development is superb, and the acting is superior. The movie is somewhat episodic because it is not driven by the plot, but by the characters. Many Protestants will object to the prayers to the saints, and many others will object when Dolores shatters the statues of the saints in a church after a major tragedy