Critic's Corner

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Even seamstresses look active compared with the angst-prone blabbermouths of 'Walking and Talking.' "

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'Walking and Talking'

Scene from this movie A collage of phone calls, coffee klatches, pillow talk and psychobabble, the story tackles a common female complaint: Girlfriends tend to neglect girlfriends when a boyfriend enters the picture. In this cautionary tale, the neurotic Amelia is wounded when Laura, her gorgeous best friend since sixth grade, becomes engaged to Frank.

The two lovebirds, still in the all-het-up stage, let the answering machine deal with Amelia's persistent, plaintive phone calls. Bereft of emotional support, Amelia turns to Andrew, a former lover now caught up a long-distance phone-sex affair. -- Rita Kempley
Rated R

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Catherine Keener; Anne Heche; Liev Schreiber; Todd Field; Kevin Corrigan; Randall Batinkoff; Joseph Siravo; Vinny Pastore; Lynn Cohen; Lawrence Holofcener; Miranda Stuart Rhyne; Amy Braverman
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Filmographies: Todd Field; Anne Heche;
Liev Schreiber; Catherine Keener