Flashback Friday-Michelle Pfeiffer 90’s Tearjerkers-To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996) & The Deep End Of The Ocean (1999)

Michelle Pfeiffer has had quite a career. Acting since the early 1980’s, the roles she has played over the years have varied.

In this post, I want to concentrate on her work in the mid to late 1990’s and more specifically, two tear-jerkers/dramas that attempted to not leave a dry eye in the house.

In To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, David Lewis (Peter Gallagher) is mourning the death of his wife, Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). The problem is that David is so deep in his grief that he does not notice how his life is falling apart and that his daughter teenage Rachel (Claire Danes) needs him.

Three years later in 1999, she starred in yet another tear-jerker/drama. In The Deep Of The Ocean, Beth and Pat Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams) have three young children, a solid marriage and a happy life. Then their pre-school age son, Ben disappears. Finding Ben becomes an obsession that nearly destroys Beth and Pat’s marriage. A decade later, Ben (Ryan Merriman) is found. But he answers to the name of Sam and does not remember or know who Beth and Pat are.

This genre is a questionable one for me. It is questionable, because depending on certain factors, the film can either stir the heart or it can be utterly depressing. The films above have just enough emotion and narrative to keep the audience going without requiring too many tissues.

I recommend them.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Actor Spolight, Flashback Friday, Movie Review, Movies

One response to “Flashback Friday-Michelle Pfeiffer 90’s Tearjerkers-To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996) & The Deep End Of The Ocean (1999)

  1. I’m biased but I do enjoy both films. I’d throw A Thousand Acres into the mix to form a Pfeiffer melodrama trifecta!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s