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A decent Hitchcock,
This review is from: Family Plot [DVD] (DVD)
The last ever Hitchcock film is a good movie, but lacks the cutting edge that his best movies always have. Contrary to a previous reviewer I thought the cast were fine and William Devane, Karen Black and Bruce Dern have all done many other interesting films. No doubt that Al Pacino would have been better though!
The main problem with the film is that is never really decides what it wants to be. There's some light black comedy and a bit of suspense but nothing really ever grabs you like his best films. The screenplay is by Ernest Lehman who wrote North By Northwest and its perhaps no coincidence that we get a scene from that great film recreated here (and played for laughs) when a car goes out of control going down a mountain road.
Look out for Hitchcocks very brief cameo appearance its one of his best.
So its no masterpiece, but entertaining enough, and its still Hitchcock. So at the right price buy it!