The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
Tells the story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family’s plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family’s fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is based on Tennessee William’s long lost screenplay that was rediscovered recently. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard (that’s Ron Howard’s kid),and Chris Evans. The supporting cast includes Ann-Margret, Will Patton, Ellen Burstyn, and Mamie Gummer, who is Meryl Streep’s daughter. And it’s just plain wretched. It’s basic Tennessee Williams, which is a gothic Southern family. The problem is Bryce Dallas Howard, to be quite honest. She just chews on the scenery. And I don’t know if she was playing Vivian Leigh or Blanche Dubois on steroids or what, but I mean this is a laughably bad movie. It’s got all of Tennessee Williams basic stories on it, about the difference between rich and poor and sex being a corrupting influence, but this is not worth your time. Zero stars.