To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Peter Gallagher stars as a delusional professor who can’t let go of his dead wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the cloying exercise in stagnation “To Gilliam on her 37th Birthday.” A crisis arises when the teacher’s sister-in-law (Kathy Baker) urges him to shape up for the sake of his teenage daughter (Claire Danes).

Even Danes’ fine performance fails to redeem this woeful tearjerker. Rated PG-13.

GRADE: D+

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