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Mrs. Harris (2005)

Cast: Annette Bening, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, more...
Director: Phyllis Nagy, Phyllis Nagy, Timothy Bird
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Black Comedy
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The sensationalistic murder of diet guru Dr. Herman Tarnower is explored in this stylized take on the tabloid cover story from first-time director Phyllis Nagy. As the inventor of the popular "Scarsdale Diet," Dr. Herman Tarnower (Ben Kingsley) became an overnight success during the peak of the early '80s diet craze. Despite the popularity of the Dr. Tarnower's revolutionary "lose one pound per day" diet, the womanizing ways of the Casanova cardiologist would soon come to a brutal end at the hands of his jealous, prescription drug-addicted lover Jean Harris (Annette Bening). Driven to despair after their 14-year romance failed to result in marriage and enraged by Dr. Tarnower's shameless status as a ladies' man, Harris confronts her former lover in one violent, final act of desperation. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Glum 'n Dumb -- Movie & Characters by talltale August 15, 2006 - 1:29 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
As good as Annette Bening & Ben Kingsley are in this HBO bio film of an event (rather than of people, as was the company's earlier "Warm Springs" or "The Life and Death of Peter Sellars"), MRS. HARRIS is finally way too bland & uninteresting to merit the time spent. Though it details the enormously unhealthy relationship between the (in)famous Scarsdale diet doc and his mistress of several years, it doesnt do much more than take us over the same tired ground we already know.

Crappy relationships ought to be more awful, or maybe more fun, or at least less tiresome than what we see here. That the made-for-cable movie received some Emmy nominations (most foolishly for Ellen Burstyn's "gone in 60 seconds" role) must indicate that this was something less than a banner year for TV. Perhaps writer/director Phyllis Nagy, whose first film this is as director (she's co-written another one--"Found in the Street"--that I don't think was ever released), was not the best choice for either task.

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