"Sister Sister" (citywide) is such a silly and contrived piece of Southern Gothic nonsense that it deserves to end up on the lower half of the bill with that other piece of bayou bilge, "Shy People."
Whatever are Eric Stoltz, the young star of "Mask," the lovely Jennifer Jason Leigh and the always-splendid Judith Ivey doing in such a hopelessly trite tale of psychological suspense?
Ivey presides over a white-columned ancestral Louisiana plantation that she has turned into a bed and breakfast inn. For years she has been putting off marrying the nice local sheriff (Dennis Lipscomb) and fretting over her younger sister (Leigh), who has done a stint in a mental institution and seemingly remains delicately balanced.
When a new guest (Stoltz) arrives, Ivey begins to seem deranged as she becomes consumed with fear that a romance might blossom between him and Leigh. To be sure, there's a Terrible Secret the sisters share and also an obligatory final reel surprise twist. The revelations are entirely mechanical, for all these people are too lifeless to engage us in the first place. The fault lies not with the actors, who clearly try hard, but with writer Bill Condon and his colleagues Joel Cohen and Ginny Cerrella.