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With: Rosie Perez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Patti LuPone, Karen Duffy, Diego Serrano, Wendell Pierce, Melissa Leo, Aida Turturro, Rosanna DeSoto, Alicia Renee Washington, Reno, Bianca Hunter, Elizabeth Bracco, Samantha Buck, Dale Carman, Divina Cook, Chris Cooper, Michael Cumpsty, Drena De Niro, Wally Dunn, Daryl Edwards, Carla Gallo, Richard Guay, Cari Gorostiza, Jayne Haynes, Beth Littleford
Written by: Nancy Savoca, Richard Guay
Directed by: Nancy Savoca
MPAA Rating: R for strong language
Running Time: 93
Date: 01/29/1999

The 24-Hour Woman (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Round the Clock

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Nancy Savoca's The 24-Hour Woman (1999) is the first of this year's Sundance crop to make it to the Bay Area. Rosie Perez stars as a program director of a high-stress daily TV show who finds herself pregnant. Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays a working mother who takes a job on the show while her husband minds the kids. The movie is a welcome look at working mothers and the choices available to them, but it has trouble making its various subplots jell. The talented Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies) has very little to do, and Perez's pretty-boy husband (Diego Serrano) is annoying. Some people find Perez hard to take, but she's very good here in a worthy role.

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