Sibling Rivalry (1990)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Black Comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 26, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Carl Reiner directed this situation comedy about a neglected wife who, in frustration, has her first affair, with humiliating consequences. Kirstie Alley plays Marjorie, the ignored housewife of Harry Turner (Scott Bakula), an obnoxious member of a family of physicians. Marjorie's sister Jeanine (Jami Gertz), sensing her frustration, suggests she have an affair. Marjorie meets a ramrod-handsome man (Sam Elliott) in the check-out line at the local super market. They look into each other's eyes and soon they're having an afternoon of passionate lovemaking. Actually a bit too passionate -- after round five, Marjorie's lover dies from a heart attack. A kind-hearted salesman named Nicholas Meany (Bill Pullman) quickly comes to Marjorie's aid, trying to make the death look like a suicide. Complications compound as Marjorie tries to hide the incident from Harry and his family, but instead she keeps sinking deeper and deeper into a hole of deceit.

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betrayal, death, deception, extramarital-affair, family, misconception, mistaken-identity, police, relative, sibling