Holy Matrimony (1994)


“Even Marilyn wasn’t always Marilyn. She had to do stuff to get to be Marilyn… and it wasn’t always stuff she liked. She did it anyhow. Eye on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.” – Havana

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman on the run from law must marry her deceased husband’s 12 year old brother according to their community’s custom.

My Take on it – Really strange film that fails to work at all.

The basic premise of the film is that according to the bible, a childless widow must marry her former husband’s brother, but the law are even more complex and not as simplified as they make them seem to be here.

The scriptwriter’s found an interesting concept to make a film about, but failed to do more research into the laws and customs of the Bible and make the characters seem even more ignorant in the way that they present things.

Patricia Arquette and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (in his film debut) are much better actors than this film tries to show and that’s a real shame.

Armin Mueller-Stahl is also great as the patriarch of the family, yet due to the ignorant claims that he makes (based on the dialogue), his character isn’t as wise as one might expect him to be which is an awful shame to see.

The comedic concept never takes off and seems far to silly to even try and understand things.

The various situations that these characters get themselves into along the way make very little sense and really insult the intelligence of the audience.

I’m still shocked that Leonard Nimoy agreed to direct this film…

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Leonard Nimoy’s final film as a director. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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One thought on “Holy Matrimony (1994)

  1. I remember this film. It was OK as JGL was fun to watch as I remember him fainting a lot was funny. Even as he learned he has to marry Patricia Arquette in order for her to stay and then he knocks on her door to wake her up as she opens the door topless as he screamed in horror. Then he fainted. Oh I bet that kid did more than just faint and Arquette had nice boobs. Still does.

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