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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, February 21, 1991, Page 18, Image 18

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.... . QNEMA Will they fall in love? Yeah, you guessed Page 10 DTH Omnibus Thursday February 21, 1991 y fall in JeffTrussell Green Card Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell directed by Peter Weir Varsity 967-8665 n n box office terms, Green Card may be seen as successful and therefore (gulp) a good movie. Maybe Hollywood needs this type of film to keep afloat. In the end, though, the movie seemed like it was nothing more than a long introduc tion of French actor Gerard Depardieu to American audiences. For years, Depardieu has been the main man in French cinema. He's not a typical leading man; he's big, clumsy and he has an amazingly large nose. But he is also utterly charismatic and has a presence that not only steals, but wrenches every scene from whomever he's cast with. In Green Card, Depardieu plays George, a French composer trying to obtain a ... green card! Here's the catch: in order to do so, George has to marry an American. But never fear, Bronte, who is a friend of a friend of George's (who of course is played by Andie MacDowell), wants to rent a neat little apartmentgreenhouse in New York. But wouldn't you know, she has to get married in order to do so. So the two get married, run into problems with immigration and, of course, fall in love. Comment on the plot is unneces sary, except to say it has all been done before. This movie has big problems and they stem from the casting. In order to offset Depardieu, a truly amazing actor is needed, instead, di rector Peter Weir chose Andie Macdowell, who is best known for last year's sex, lies and videotape. Throughout the movie, she acts as though she was handed a script five minutes before the shoot and told, "Act!" She is hesitant and possibly a bit awed by Depardieu. Now, I admit, there isn't much to Bronte's charac ter, but it wouldn't have been asking too much for MacDowell to go a bit further with her part. Something that has plagued MacDowell throughout her career is her accent. Born in Gaffhey, South Carolina, she has a distractingly Southern drawl, something she toned down a bit for sex, lies and videotape. Her voice in Greys take was dubbed over by the eloquent speech of Glenn Close, an incident that almost led to MacDowell's early retirement. In jh i rM., -ig -j a k v4t j& ) p&J George Faure (Gerard Depardieu) and Bronte Parrish (Andie MacDowell) Green Card, she tries to hide her ac- wealthy friend of Bronte's. Neuwirth cent, but ends up sounding like an is one of the most exceptionally beau American faking a British accent. tiful actresses to come along in some Green Card did have its funny time, and she manages to seem self- moments and a surprisingly good sup- possessed without being aloof. Even few months. Other things aside, ex porting cast. One actress who stood in her much smaller role, she over- pect to see more of Gerard Depardieu out was Bebe Neuwirth, who plays a shadows MacDowell. and much less of Andie MacDowell. Overall, there isn't much substance to Green Card. It can expect to take its place on the video shelf along side Home Alone and Pretty Woman in a II I LET'S MAKE A DEAL, 1 3 What's behind stores number 1 and 2? Jacked up prices put on sale. That's no deal. 100 E. FRANKLIN ST. UrUI OF THE ran DyDbr 967-9791 p m " 1 I 1 'L.A. Story ,' featuring Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant, arrives at The Center in Durham this Fridayj OJiHIiQDQil SI HOT HWINNER! fJST BEST PICR'RE -BEST AOOR LAO 1 GREEN mDrtl , CZuARI3l5 WOODY ALLEN pg-I5 LESS TALK. MORE ROCK. OMNIBUS REAL GOOD BEER AT A REAL GOOD DEAL I

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