"Used People," a bittersweet dramedy set in the 1960s that revolves around a Jewish widow played by Shirley MacLaine, is a David of a film competing against Goliaths this Christmas season.
Although advance word on the film, written by Todd Graff, is good, it won't have the merchandising juggernaut that, say, "Home Alone 2" or "Aladdin" will. Nor will it benefit from a zillion-dollar opening-weekend advertising campaign earmarked for Columbia's "A Few Good Men."
But "Used People" has what its competitors lack: The karmic Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval of a thousand-year-old spirit.
According to Lazuras, a centuries-old entity who has examined the "energy source" of the film, "Used People" is destined to be this season's sleeper hit, the "Fried Green Tomatoes" of 1992.
According to sources close to the film, Lazuras was asked to examine the karmic possibilities of the film by MacLaine. During the shoot of "Used People" in Toronto, MacLaine, a firm believer in chakras, crystals and all thing mystical, summoned her favorite channeler to a birthday bash thrown for Graff, 32. The channeler, said to be "Shirley's favorite psychic guy," said he can summon up the spirit of a mystic named Lazuras at will.