A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Melodrama  |   Release Date - Sep 2, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Michael Costello

One of Steve Martin's stranger projects, this comic adaptation of George Eliot's Silas Marner has some charming moments, but little else. Martin has altered the novel, making it the story of a man who, after being dumped by his wife, turns into a reclusive miser, but is brought back to life by his love for a foundling. It's difficult to fathom why Martin would have chosen to try to transpose an extremely serious Victorian novel into a contemporary setting with comic elements, but it is a switch to see him as this quiet character. Unfortunately, the Victorian trappings of the character and story simply render it odd and unbelievable, and the attempts at comedy misfire. The melodrama of the adoption plot just seems tedious and pointless. There is a certain mild charm in some of the scenes of Martin with the young girl, but a little of this goes a long way.