|The residents of 28 Barbary Lane, CW: Brian (Paul Gross), Mouse (Marcus D’Amico), Mona (Chloe Webb), Norman (Stanley DeSantis), Mary Ann (Laura Linney), and Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis).|
Mary Ann quickly makes friends with many of the building's residents: womanizer Brian (Paul Gross), bisexual Mona (Chloe Webb), and Mona's roommate, the lovable Michael, called Mouse (Marcus D’Amico). She also eventually befriends the mysterious Norman (Stanley DeSantis) who lives up on the roof. Tales of the City is a sort of roundelay, its intertwining plots circling around to include others in Mary Ann's circle, including her boss, Edgar Halcyon (Donald Moffat), and his son-in-law Beauchamp (pronounced Beecham) Day (Thomas Gibson), whose eye roves in many directions.
Everyone at Barbary Lane (and it seems San Francisco) has a secret, and Tales of the City has fun revealing them all. The director, Alastair Reid (Traffik), is not too shy to even pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock's classic San Francisco-set classic, Vertigo, in a few key scenes. Some of the characters' secrets seem not so shocking or surprising as much as far-fetched (especially Mona's girlfriend D'orothea's), but there is something so good-natured and free-wheeling about Tales of the City that the viewer can forgive some of the plot excesses and just sit back and enjoy the ride along with the great ensemble cast.
|Mouse and Mary Ann have certainly seen Vertigo — have you?|
Originally published on Blogcritics: DVD Review: ‘Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition’