By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 13, 2001
Those who live in glass houses . . .
Orphaned teenagers Ruby and Rhett Baker (Leelee Sobieski, Trevor Morgan) are sheltered by a suspicious couple in The Glass House, a thriller that looks pretty nifty in preview trailers. Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard co-star as Erin and Terry Glass, a respectable, professional couple whose interest in sheltering the Baker children may not be as beneficial as it appears. The Glass House marks the first time that Sobieski, a promising ingenue since Deep Impact, gets the chance to carry a movie on her shoulders. She'll play another damsel in distress next month in Joy Ride. The Glass House screened too late for Weekend, but a review will be published Friday on page 2-B.
Keanu Reeves didn't make the cut as a quarterback in The Replacements, so forgive us if another jock role in Hardball doesn't excite much. This time, the game is baseball with Reeves playing Conor O'Neill, a ticket scalper, gambler and alcoholic corralled into coaching a Chicago inner-city Little League team. Think The Bad News Bears meets Dangerous Minds. Diane Lane -- sweeter here than in The Glass House -- co-stars as the obligatory love interest who will be impressed with Conor's turnaround while handling the kids. Hardball was screened too late for Weekend review.
Mariah Carey gets her first lead movie role in Glitter, but it isn't much of a stretch. Carey plays Billie Frank, an aspiring pop singer going through the usual rise and fall mechanics of show-biz fantasies. Billie overcomes a sad childhood and gets discovered by a nightclub disc jockey (Max Beesley) who becomes her lover and manager. That is, until Billie's multi-octave voice wows a record producer (no, not Tommy Mottola) who steals her away. Glitter's original release date last month was postponed when Carey admitted herself to a hospital for treatment for a nervous breakdown. Movies like Glitter are guaranteed to have happy endings. Real life isn't. Glitter screened too late for Weekend review.