Picking up the story thread left by 1983's Terms of Endearment, this overwrought sequel is made palatable by Shirley MacLaine's charismatic performance, which in turn is nearly equaled by Marion Ross's role as her housekee... more »per. An unexpected surprise, Ross obviously was never allowed to display her range as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Returning as the vibrant Aurora Greenway, MacLaine far outshines the thin material involving the tangled and unhappy lives of her three grandchildren. The plot picks up 13 years after the death of Greenway's daughter (played by Debra Winger in the original). One of the kids is in jail; one is living in poverty. Her granddaughter, played with prickly rebelliousness by Juliette Lewis, is heading for all sorts of trouble. The plot, told in disconnected and maudlin episodic segments, often borders on the absurd. The characters screech and weep, one of them dies, then we watch others screech and weep some more. So why bother? Because it is occasionally quite witty, and MacLaine indeed shines as brightly as the evening star to which she is compared. Both movies were based on novels by Larry McMurtry. --Rochelle O'Gorman« less
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE EVENING STAR is the long-awaited sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, continuing the story of Aurora Greenway and the children of her daughter Emma.
Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) has succeeded in raising Tommy (George Newbern), Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) and Melanie (Juliette Lewis), though she's not very happy with the outcome. Tommy is in jail, Teddy has had a family out of wedlock and Melanie is skipping college and sleeping with a boy that Aurora (to put it mildly) doesn't approve of.
Aurora's lovelife has also taken a nosedive. Garrett (Jack Nicholson) has moved away and the house seems too big and lonely. At the `suggestion' of maid Rosie (Marion Ross) she goes to see a counsellor (Bill Paxton). Trying desperately to keep Emma's family together, Aurora slowly mends the rift between the past and present.
This emotional sequel to TOE is fantastic. Miranda Richardson fills the role of bitchy Patsy (played by Lisa Hart Carroll in the original film) perfectly, and Marion Ross more than fills the shoes of Rosie (played previously by Betty King). Juliette Lewis is lovely as Melanie (and does resemble Debra Winger who played Emma). And no sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT would be complete without Jack Nicholson dropping by!
So lets revisit Aurora as she takes us through the next chapter of the Greenway story..."
This Star Shines Bright
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 01/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE EVENING STAR is the sequel to the highly popular 1983 film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. The kids are grown up. The eldest son in jail, the youngest son in a dead end job and fathering an illegitemate son with his girlfriend, and a hell bent daughter. Aurora has to deal with all of this, but her friends such as her maid Rosie, help her out. Rosie decides that Aurora is depressed, and tricks her into seeing a psychiatrist, who Aurora eventually falls for. Then there is Patsy, always integrating herself into Aurora's life, being jealous of her taking care of the kids when they were growing up. This feud is well played throughout the movie, with Patsy trying to upstage Aurora at every chance, and vice versa. They both fall for the same man, who is much younger than Aurora, which only causes more friction in their already tumultuous friendship. Life changes though when her grandson gets out of jail and decides to make a life for himself, and Aurora's granddaughter learns to chase her dreams after life's disapointments. The movie centers around these characters and their interpersonal relationships with each other, dealing with conflicts, death, and whatever card fate hands them. Shirley MacLaine shines once again as Aurora Greenway, and the cast is enriched by Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Marion Ross, Miranda Richardson, and more. Overall, some reviewers don't like it as much as TERMS, but I think this improves on an already great story."
What a fantastic, beautiful movie!
hoshgilly | USA | 12/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again, the critics have no idea what they're talking about. This movie is so wonderful, it had me laughing, crying and everything in between. It is beautifully written and acted, and you will not be disappointed if you buy this movie!"
David Robson | Wilmington, DE | 05/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In The Evening Star, the sequel to 1983's Oscar-winning predecessor Terms of Endearment, Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) picks up where she left off.The saga now continues with her dead daughter's beleaguered offspring, and Granny Aurora just ain't doing so well. Her heart is, as always, in the rightest of places. Every week she's in the state pen visiting Tommy (George Newbern), but he's content to toss her homemade brownies in the trash. Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) drives a tow truck and has a little brat of his own. Most belligerent is Melanie (Juliette Lewis). Like the others, she's still angry over her mother's death and more often than not takes it out by doing whatever she feels like, much to the chagrin of Aurora.All these problems drive Aurora into the arms of Jerry (Bill Paxton), a much-younger therapist who, like Albert Brooks in Mother, has some kind of unresolved Oedipal conflict to work out. Their scenes together are cute and sexy.The film's sentimentality is overshadowed by the pure spunk of MacLaine's portrayal. And her perennial nemesis Patsy (Miranda Richardson) more than keeps Aurora's blood pumping.It's fun to see MacLaine in this role again. She imbues Aurora with a warmth and trueness that reminded me how much I had missed her. Even the third act cameo by Jack Nicholson as astronaut Garrett went down easy. Perhaps best of all is Marion Ross (Yo, Mrs. C.!), who gives a lovely performance as Rosie, Aurora's maid."
The greatest movie, losts of emotion, great acting.
Stacy Hunt | USA | 10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was amazing. I laughed, I cried. I have watched this movie so many times, that I will need to buy a second copy of it. Even my 7 year old daughter loves this movie. It has a great story line, and is just written beautifully."