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Cookie's Fortune Movie Review Summary

Actors: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles Dutton, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, Courtney B. Vance, Lyle Lovett

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Camille Dixon (Close), a control freak and aging Southern belle, is horrified to discover her Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Neal) has committed suicide, and she swallows the suicide note in order to make the crime look like a burglary. Unfortunately, this leads to the deceased's best friend Willis Richland (Dutton) getting pulled in for murder -- although an outside investigator (Vance) is not convinced. It's Easter weekend in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Camille is anxious about the Easter Sunday play she is directing; plus, her mousy sister Cora Duvall's (Moore) estranged daughter Emma (Tyler), very feisty and independent, has come back to town, and quickly acquires a hunky but very dumb cop (O'Donnell) for a boyfriend. All will be revealed when the Easter play is staged. This 1999 Robert Altman film is filled with Southern eccentrics and foolishness, and light on the heavy drama. It goes down very easy.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American South

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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