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Six Degrees of Separation back to product details

Excellent to the Nth degree
written by sfspaz January 20, 2004 - 12:28 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A gorgeous adaptation of John Guare's play, Six Degrees of Separation pulls the veil from the lengths some go to to belong, and the lengths others go to to keep themselves apart.

Stockard Channing shines here as Louisa Kittridge, the (very) well-to-do New York art dealer's wife who slowly comes to awareness of her disdain for living in the Upper Manhattan ivory tower which she shares with the pompous Donald Sutherland. Blessed with wealth and cultural favor, the heartbreaking story of a convincing charlatan in the form of Will Smith slowly shakes Louisa's confidence in the invisible walls that have kept her safe, and separate, from individuals like Smith.

Smith, for his part, is excellent as the impoverished youth so enchanted by the lives of Louisa and her husband that he elaborately recreates himself in their image in an attempt to enter their world.

Much more than a tale of social redemption, Guare and director Fred Schepisi pull rich nuance from characters on both sides of the financial divide which is the movie's main fulcrum. From the Kittridges' spoiled and resentful ivy-league children, to their star-struck, gossiping friends, to the struggling young couple who become entangled in Smith's ruse, Guare's characters are exposed as both yearning to emotionally connect on some level, yet grossly hampered by the simplified stereotypes with which they view characters on "the other side".

Rich, thought-provoking work and beautifully articulated.


(Average 7.03)
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