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Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild breakdown, and Richard dutifully tries to restore their family unit as best he knows how by hiring a 'Mother's Helper', Elizabeth (Sedgwick). Chase is broken, and wickedly caustic towards Elizabeth, until they discover each other's similarities. A strong relationship develops, affecting their personal and familial salvation, and destruction. Written by
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Chase Phillips (Helen Mirren) is having a nervous breakdown and her
businessman-away-from-home husband hires Elizabeth (Kyra Sedgwick) to take
care of the household and their 2 sons. But Elizabeth has her own demons to
face, her family has a history of mantal illness, which arises with Chase's
self destructive behaviour.
The movie is about the relationship between these 2 women and is mostly
predictable and even banal, but the acting is very good. Helen Mirren is
superb as usual, and Kyra Sedgwick is doing quite a good job herself. Not
bad for Kevin Bacon's debut film as a director.
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