Jaglom oeuvre: professionalism! Not that Henry's earlier films weren't a lot of fun in their own anything-goes manner, but there is something rather different about his latest movie, THE M WORD. Maybe it's the fact that much of the film takers place in the offices of a west coast indepen-dent TV station, where folk work hard and fast and also seem to enjoy each other's company. At least until the "suits" from the east coast fly in to make some, uh, changes -- at which point egos flare, employment is threatened and, of course, love blooms.
Michael Imperioli. The filmmaker, pictured at right, again uses Tanna Frederick as his leading lady, Moxie, and she turns in a creditable job as the star of the station's popular children's show and a budding documentarian, who's currently making a film about that titular word (no spoiler ahead, as we learn this almost immediately): menopause. As the movie would have it, there has never been any mjaor program aired on the subject, and so the time is now well beyond ripe.
Corey Feldman (below) as a sometimes boyfriend of Moxie who means to get ahead in this business one way or another, and by Sharon Angela as one of the station's more cynical bigwigs.
Frances Fisher (below, center), playing Moxie's mom and one of the subjects of the menopause movie. Ms Fisher has enough energy for three actresses -- and enough professionalism to know exactly how to use that energy to best advantage. She's a delight.
Breaking Glass Pictures and running a little overlong at 117 minutes -- hit the streets on DVD yesterday, July 15, while still playing here in NYC in its theatrical run.