On the Edge

On the Edge

Movie: On the Edge
Director: Anne Heche / Mary Stuart Masterson / Jana Sue Memel / Helen Mirren
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First seen over the Showtime cable network on June 29, 2001, On the Edge is a compendium of three short science-fiction films, each with a decidedly feminist slant. The first segment, directed by Helen Mirren, is “Happy Birthday,” in which a straight-A student seeks recourse after she is “quota’d out” of graduate school. Next up is “The Other Side,” directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, wherein a scientific genius clones himself upon learning that he has inoperable cancer — only to find himself and his clone as two points in a romantic triangle. Closing out the program is writer/director Anne Heche’s “Reaching Normal,” the tale of a bored housewife and her “telepathic twin,” an eccentric college professor. The best of the batch is “Happy Birthday”, the other two stories are distressingly predictable.

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