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Nora Roberts' Tribute

Nora Roberts' Tribute

Martha Coolidge (2009)

87min
12 Certificate
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Review

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An oddly flippant Brittany Murphy plays a former child star who stirs up old ghosts when she begins renovating the dilapidated Virginia home of her famous, late grandmother. Cue a flimsy and uneven mix of murder mystery and gooey romance, as haunting dreams and increasingly disturbing bursts of vandalism suggest gran's death wasn't suicide, which soon sends the initially standoffish Murphy into the arms of charming neighbour Jason Lewis (Sex and the City). The ensuing hunt for the truth is dull and slow moving; weaknesses exacerbated by ridiculous dialogue and far too much time spent on Lewis and Murphy's sugary love games. But it's the unintentionally comic performances that do most damage, giving away the identity of the killer immediately, despite the heavily signposted red herrings.

Summary

A former child star begins a relationship with her new neighbour while restoring her grandmother's old house. She is haunted by disturbing dreams that compel her to unravel the truth behind her grandmother's death, supposedly from a drug overdose, 30 years previously. Romantic mystery, with Brittany Murphy, Jason Lewis, Christian Oliver, Diana Scarwid and Tippi Hedren.

Cast & Crew

Cilla McGowan Brittany Murphy
Ford Sawyer Jason Lewis
Steve Chensky Christian Oliver
Cathy Morrow Diana Scarwid
Mrs Hennessey Tippi Hedren
Janet Tiffany Morgan
Brian Morrow Griff Furst
Carl Hennessy Wallace Merck
Detective Alvin Wilson Mark Wilson
Director Martha Coolidge
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: Available on DVD

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