Enormous Changes At the Last Minute (1985)

“I drive a cab when things are slow for the band. Besides, it helps me keep tabs on the bourgeoisie.”

Synopsis:
Three overlapping vignettes, adapted from short stories by Grace Paley, tell of motherhood, love, and disappointment in New York City.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
While one must ultimately read Grace Paley‘s writing to get a true sense of her brilliance, this “often humorous, often touching, always authentic” movie — based on three selections from Paley’s Collected Stories — stands just fine on its own. As Peary notes, the film’s female protagonists “aren’t heroic figures”, but they nonetheless “withstand the constant demands by manipulative men [or] parents” in their lives, and “hold out until they can make rational decisions about their own futures.” The first and third segments — starring Ellen Barkin and Kevin Bacon respectively — are the best, and well worth watching; unfortunately, as Peary notes, the second segment is “uninvolving and horribly directed”.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Ellen Barkin in a sexy, early role
  • Kevin Bacon as a sincere young cab driver in love with an older woman

Must See?
No, but it’s a good little movie worth seeking out. Just fast forward through the second segment and you’ll be glad you rented this one.

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