A Simple Twist of Fate
A Simple Twist of Fate ★★ ½ 1994 (PG-13)
Comedy drama gives Martin chance to flex serious muscles with this update of George Eliot's “Silas Marner.” Adoptive father Michael McMann wants to keep his daughter Mathilda (played by the prerequisite adorable twins) in the face of demands from her biological father (Byrne), who happens to be a local politician. Then revelations brought out at the custody hearing threaten the politician's career. Cuddly dad is hardly Martin's image (in spite of “Parenthood”), though strong cast limits the sugar. 106m/C VHS, DVD . Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne, Catherine O'Hara, Stephen Baldwin, Alana Austin, Alyssa Austin, Laura Linney, Anne Heche, Michael Des Barres, Byron Jennings; D: Gilles Mackinnon; W: Steve Martin; M: Cliff Eidelman.