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Requiem For Murder Review


Bad
What's that smell? Good lord, it's this Molly Ringwald vehicle, wherein the long-faded star plays a classical radio station DJ(!) with an obsessed fan.

How obsessed? Well, he's killing off anyone who may have even the slightest negative thing to say about her. His M.O.: Poison, placed in a rare red wine. And he always leaves Molly's radio show playing on the radio when he does his deeds. And from this ultimately sketchy bit of police work, the cops' "hunch" leads them to the radio station to protect poor little Molly, who is obviously somehow involved in all this.

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Made-Up Review


Weak
There's no reason making a movie can't be a family affair, especially when there's an out-of-work actress in the bunch. But, then, you have to start wondering if maybe the motivation behind the project was too much about employment, not enough about entertainment. This homespun production fits the make-work formulation as it drifts in search of farcical comedy or a meaningful moment, trying hard to make up for its technical and artistic limitations by covering itself in a blanket of documentary improvisation and the loose, anything-goes structure of "reality" TV.

The scenario give us Elizabeth James Tivey (Brooke Adams, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Gas Food Lodging), an actress who gave up her career to raise daughter Sara (perky, energetic Eva Amurri, The Banger Sisters). Now she's somewhat older than when she was a boxoffice draw, with a head of grey hair instead of the alluring black that made her a knockout. 16-year-old Sara doesn't want to pursue the professional career mom is pushing for her. Instead, she's into becoming a beautician and sees mom as the perfect practice model. To make mom glamorous again (get it? the title?), she brings on brushes, wigs, and face lifts.

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