A Price Above Rubies (1998)

I don't think I was supposed to laugh in A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES, but 
a couple of writer/director Boaz Yakin's (early) plot points are 
damned difficult to take.  Renee Zellweger (JERRY MAGUIRE) plays a 
straight, sexually frustrated Hasidic housewife, who, in the first 
of two howl-worthy moments, attempts to plant a kiss on her sister-
in-law when a neck message starts gettin' good.  She's sent to the 
Rabbi's office, where *he* gets a wicked woody while listening to 
her story and dies of a heart attack the next day, after makin' the 
moves on the Mrs.  I nearly threw my clipboard into the air, but 
didn't.  Nor did I walk out, which I should've.  There are many 
more scenes with Ms. Zellweger, a seemingly charming young actress 
with a really weird mouth and who, I decided, is best viewed while 
ducking slightly behind the seat in front of you, to better block 
out certain facial features.  (Rated "R"/117 min.)

Grade: D+

Copyright 1998 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: May 28, 1998

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