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'Delicious' delivers a tart tale of a dying salty matriarch

'Delicious' delivers a tart tale of a dying salty matriarch

The comic drama "Isn't It Delicious" is aimed squarely at baby boomers — the hokey pokey plays a pivotal role, and a trio of central characters are named after Kennedys. But formative pop-culture references are the least of it. The story of a steely Connecticut matriarch's final weeks explores a more crucial generational marker: a my-way-or-the-highway attitude toward illness and dying.

An actors' piece, director Michael Patrick Kelly's first narrative feature registers low on the cinematic-oomph scale, the production's low budget sometimes all too evident. Its aim is true, though, and Kathleen Chalfant infuses the lead role with an elegant ferocity.

As Joan, a woman...