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Something to Talk About (1995)



Critic Consensus: Small-town gossip and a battle of the sexes should really add up to more than Something to Talk About, especially with this much talent before the camera.

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The feminist outrage of Thelma & Louise (1991) screenwriter Callie Khouri blended superbly with director Lasse Hallstrom's predilection for stories about idiosyncratic families in this effective comedy-drama. Julia Roberts stars as Grace King Bichon, a prim small-town wife who is incensed when she learns that her husband Eddie Bichon (Dennis Quaid) is having an affair, and that it's not his first dalliance. Grace embarrasses her husband publicly -- then moves in with her wise-mouthed little sister Emma Rae (the scene-stealing Kyra Sedgwick). Grace becomes even angrier when her mother Georgia (Gena Rowlands) and wealthy father, horse breeder Wyly King (Robert Duvall), side with Eddie in the conflict, fearing the small-town gossip that's sure to swirl around their daughter's marital woes. However, when Georgia finds that Wyly has been a long-term philanderer as well, she kicks him out of his palatial home, embroiling the entire King family in a war between the sexes. Something to Talk About went through several title changes, variously being named "Game of Love" and "Grace Under Pressure" before producers settled on the title of the popular Bonnie Raitt song. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Julia Roberts
as Grace King Bichon
Dennis Quaid
as Eddie Bichon
Robert Duvall
as Wyly King
Gena Rowlands
as Georgia King
Kyra Sedgwick
as Emma Rae
Brett Cullen
as Jamie Johnson
Haley Aull
as Caroline
Muse Watson
as Hank Corrigan
Terrence Currier
as Dr. Frank Lewis
Terence P. Currier
as Dr. Frank Lewis
Rebecca Koon
as Babaranelle
Deborah Hobart
as Lorene Tuttle
Helen Baldwin
as Mary Jane
Punky Leonard
as Norma Leggett
J. Don Ferguson
as Announcer
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Mrs. Pinkerton
Shannon Eubanks
as Jessie Gaines
Brinley Arden Vickers
as College Friend
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Critic Reviews for Something to Talk About

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

The humanity is spread around with a quirky, generous hand, reason enough to distinguish this quiet, low-tech comedy in a season of big-bang juvenilia.

February 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Something to Talk About is at its best when Khouri's juicy script is adroitly mixing comedy and pathos.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Something to Talk About never goes bad, though it does get corny in places, and it hits a couple of dull patches near the finish.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Everything about Something to Talk About feels off by a few beats.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

In [Khouri's] zeal to portray a world full of male scum, she creates a morally mismatched, pandering scenario.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Something to Talk About is weary -- every ounce of energy and originality has long since been wrung out of this formula, and the 'twist' of having the leads already married doesn't do much to spice up things.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Something to Talk About


Quite a downer of a movie for a 90's Julia Roberts! It's not awful, and generally I like small town settings and I'm not someone who thinks movies need to be "nice" either, as that's not how life is. I don't know why I really couldn't take to this that much. The cast are good (well, aside from the daughter. Geez. I actually wondered if she was meant to be special needs in her earlier scenes, but , no, just bad acting it seems).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Adorable movie. Lots of good acting. The relationship between Roberts' and Sedgwick's characters reminded me of my sister and I's.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer


Clever and excellent characterisations elevate the familiar story of how Julia Roberts's life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers that husband Dennis Quaid has been cheating on her. Director Lasse Hallstrom did a good job with this drama movie. He certainly seemed fascinated in making a movie which shows how dysfunctional a family really can be, and on more than one level in this film. Roberts and Kyra Sedgwick are perfect choices of casting as sisters because they look like they could actually be related - imagine they are separated at birth.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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