Living Out Loud | Chicago Reader

Living Out Loud

A scorned nurse (Holly Hunter) emerges from a desperate funk after brushing shoulders with a nightclub singer (Queen Latifah) and becomes so expansive on the elevator ride up to her co-op that the lift operator (Danny DeVito) develops a crush. Some of the ambiguous moments in this focused yet not overly plotted 1998 comedy drama—a blend of fantasy, quasi flashbacks, and heightened reality—are more manipulative than substantive. But the fluidity with which the story frequently makes the transition between the different characters' perspectives is refreshing, even daring. Writer-director Richard LaGravenese (who coscripted Beloved) was inspired by Anton Chekhov's stories “The Kiss” and “Misery.” 100 min.

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