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Festivale online magazine, April, 1998
For Richer or Poorer movie review
For Richer or Poorer

Hollywood movies are an interesting window on the American psyche. Some revolve around material success, others yearn for the lost simplicity of modern life. This film is one of the latter.

Brad (Tim Allen) and Caroline (Kirstie Alley) Sexton are two high-fliers in New York. Thanks to Brad's success as a property developer, they lead an expensive lifestyle ... until the day the company collapses from its accountant's embezzlement. Pursued by IRS officers, the Sextons race across country and finally take refuge in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Posing as cousins of a local family, they lie low until all the fuss is over.

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Being a Hollywood movie, you can guess what happens next: despite a rocky start in their new roles, Brad and Caroline learn the value of the simple life, gaining some much-needed humility on the way.

Although it's fairly predictable, For Richer or Poorer is quite enjoyable. Allen and Alley put in energetic performances, the supporting characters are well developed and the story proceeds at just the right pace. The only sour note is struck by the IRS officers, alarmingly two-dimensional even for this kind of movie.

It's a fun movie, intellectually untaxing but a pleasant enough way to spend two hours. Don't expect much unpredictability though.

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