in about 100 words or less
US 124m, Colour
Director: Robert Redford; Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton
Ordinary People is a depressing melodrama about a dysfunctional upper middle-class family that appears to lack any respect or understanding for one another. Feeling more like an after school special than an Academy Award winning film, the clichéd characters and inane dialogue are a wholly predictable and unconvincing construction that is more annoying than believable. How this sappy forgettable film ever beat out Raging Bull or The Elephant Man for Best Picture at the 53rd Academy Awards remains an utter mystery to me (Klaus Ming February 2016).