Rich in Love
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1

Change is scary. Especially for Lucille Odom (Kathryn Erbe), a high school senior who has lived with her family near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, all her life. She expects to graduate, marry, have children, period. Suddenly all that changes the afternoon she comes home from school and finds a note from her mother (Jill Clayburgh), informing her husband Warren (Albert Finney) that she will not be back. Until this shocking event, retired Warren had spent his days fishing, riding the mower, or following his wife around like a puppy. Lucille becomes her now lethargic, depressed father's caretaker. She even drops out of school and tells her boyfriend she no longer wants to see him. An older sister, Rae, suddenly appears with her new husband, Billy McQueen (Kyle MacLachlan). Rae married Billy only because she is pregnant, and wavers between wanting and not wanting the baby. Change helps Lucille, Warren, Rae and Billy grow. With a beautiful setting, likable characters, and a heartwarming story, RICH IN LOVE deserves high entertainment marks.

His wife's disappearance forces Warren to admit that he does not know his teenage daughter. As the two begin to communicate, he admits he always thought of his children as his wife's pets. Lucille learns that she must stop hiding in the shadow of her comfortable home. When her father becomes involved with another woman and her sister comes home married, Lucille feels she too must have a partner. She initiates an overnight beach rendezvous with her former boyfriend and has her first sexual experience, though not on-screen. A disappointed Lucille learns that sex alone does not generate love. Rae, on the other hand, has led a rather promiscuous lifestyle, and irresponsibly smokes and drinks gin during her pregnancy. Billy tells Lucille about his and Rae's sex life before they were married. Reference is made to the mother having an abortion many years ago. All have their own set of problems, but they also care about each other. Eleven profanities and two obscenities are scattered throughout. Those, plus the father's implied acceptable relationship with another woman and a detailed discussion of condom use, justify a negative acceptable rating for RICH IN LOVE.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: MGM, 10000W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Crude Language: Few (3) times - Mild
Obscene Language: Few (2) times (s-word once; other once)
Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular 4; Exclamatory 7
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: Implied few times (father and other woman, conversation; teenage couple spend night on beach; married couple shown in bed twice)
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Detailed discussion of condoms
Drug Abuse: Few times (pregnant woman drinks gin & smokes; beer drinking)
Other: Reference to an abortion; racial slurs twice
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