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Cookie's Fortune

Cookies Fortune is a very slow moving story which is centred around Cookie, an elderly woman yearning for her dead husband Jack.When she suddenly commits suicide, as her despair and yearning grows too much for her, the story starts to move.

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Glenn Close plays the niece who with her sister tries to hide the fact of her suicide, because " only crazy people kill themselves " and here is where it all comes apart. The key players lives are all unknowingly intertwined and during the investigation into the fake murder/ robbery a series of twist and turns unfold that will surprise and amuse you. I don't wanna give away too much of the plot as that will reveal a lot of twists that occur.

Liv Tyler's approach was reminiscent to Stealing Beauty.... she eases into the scenes pretty well, and showed strengths in her character that werent necessary. Charles Dutton and Julianne Moore were outstanding in the movie and along with Glenn Close pulled it off nicely. Glenn's maniacal manipulating and self assuming character brought many a chuckle to the audience. Very funny indeed.

Overall, this movie is slow to start off with and seems to be without direction until Cookie dies, then it focuses on the families greed, love and caring ... all in all a nice fuzzy feeling inside

Nicky Jenkins says: Cookie's Fortune was just mainstream...I mean, Glenn Close? It's all cutesy and fluffy, and hell, we're watching a couple of women kill themselves! Is that all sweetness and light? Liv Tyler is a stunner though, and the cast is pretty good considering, but it fell down in a couple of big spots: namely the two deaths. GC finds her estranged aunt's body and goes to great lengths to make it look like a murder, even framing an innocent man. But is suicide quite this shameful? I don't think her motivation is evident enough, considering she's doing a very bad thing.

And then when she gets arrested for the murder, and has destroyed all the evidence of the suicide, you know her goose is cooked but you don't care. She then kills herself but you are left feeling "so what?".

Strange way to treat what is basically a sad, dangerous story. You get the impression the cast/director are more interested in characterisation and fishing.

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See also: Julianne Moore also appears in The Big Lebowski
Liv Tyler also appears in Armageddon
Glenn Close also appears in Mars Attacks! and Air Force One.
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Title: Cookie's Fortune (1999)
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The Players: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Charles S. Dutton
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