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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)

Mira Sorvino , Kate Levering  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Kate Levering
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DTLK76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Like Dandelion Dust Comes to Life
  • Deleted Scenes and Extended Scenes
  • Deleted scenes commentary by Jon Gunn
  • Karen Kingsbury: Adoption Story
  • Kevin Downes: Adoption Story

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    Product Description

    Academy Award® Winner "Mira Sorvino is amazing” and Golden Globe® nominee “Barry Pepper is stunning” (Film Threat) in this emotionally gripping drama. Sorvino and Pepper star as Wendy and Rip Porter, a working-class couple fighting to regain custody of Joey--the young son Wendy gave up for adoption when Rip went to prison seven years earlier. But Joey’s adoptive parents will stop at nothing to ensure that the small boy stays in the only home he’s ever known. From a screenplay by Academy Award Nominee Stephen J. Rivele and Michael Lachance, and based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust is a “powerful story” with “a powerful cast...don’t miss it.” (ABC-TV)

    Like Dandelion Dust dramatizes an adoptive parent's worst nightmare: the birth parents of a young boy want him back. But this isn't a thriller or a maudlin movie-of-the-week--Like Dandelion Dust explores the fraught situation with empathy and intelligence. Rip Porter (Barry Pepper) has just been released from prison and reunited with his wife Wendy (Mira Sorvino), who confesses to him that she had his son and put the boy up for adoption while Rip was away. Rip, who had not given consent, decides to seek custody, overturning the lives of Jack and Molly Campbell (Cole Hauser and Kate Levering) and their beloved son Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton, giving a remarkable performance). The plot doesn't express the movie's power; the emotional impact comes from the vivid, lived-in performances and attention to detail. When Joey comes to visit the Porters for the first time as part of an acclimation procedure, the scene is a fusion of hope, fear, and awkwardness as the Porters realize the complexity of making a family with a 6-year-old boy. As the Campbells grow more stricken by their impending loss, they pursue a rash solution; this could have turned into melodrama, but again, the movie's thoughtfulness keeps it from being manipulative. When tears come, Like Dandelion Dust has earned them. It's based on a Christian novel, but the film has no religious agenda. The extras are also engaging, including interviews with the book's author and one of the movie's producers about their own adoption experiences and an outstanding commentary track from director Jon Gunn and two producers, who discuss the film's production with humor and insight. Highly recommended. --Bret Fetzer

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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm? February 7, 2011
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    Great movie unless you read the book first! I feel Karen Kingsbury was not true to her book. The personalities of the adoptive parents were not developed and made to look selfish in the movie, whereas the birth parents were made out to be hero's. Did Karen have second thoughts about how she portrayed both sets of parents in her book? And where was the basis of all of this...God?
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Disappointing April 16, 2011
    I've read many of Kingsbury's books and enjoyed them thoroughly, including the book off of which the movie is based.
    My husband was not pleased when he realized I had selected this movie from the local Redbox as he was more in the mood for an action or comedy flick. I convinced him that it would be an amazing movie. I was wrong. I agree with others that complain that the beautiful message of God that is skillfully woven into the book, has been stripped from the movie. I was expecting a beautiful and entertaining Christian film on the level of "Facing the Giants" (An all time favorite of myself and my husband) but, instead, experienced a hollowed out shell of the book I had once savored. If I had not read the book or expected a Christian film, then I would have given a higher rating for interesting storyline and cast performance. I had a high, yet not unreasonable, expectation of this film based on what I've come to know of the author, who actually helped with production. Sadly, this expectation was not met.
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    20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Poor adoption message! March 20, 2011
    By Heidi
    As an adoptive parent myself, I was cautiously interested in the adoption message in this movie. I had heard that Karen Kingsbury is also an adoptive parent, and I heard her say that she hoped that this movie would help motivate others to adopt. Although the movie was about adoption, it was by no means a pro-adoption movie!!

    Please tell me what part of this movie would make anyone say, "Boy, this really makes me want to adopt and jump into that can of worms!"? I really am concerned about this movie. Being on the inside of adoption, this movie seems to be exploiting and sensationalizing adoption in a very nightmarish and unrealistic situation.

    How many adopted children will hear of or see this movie and then live in fear that this tug-of-war might happen to them? How many adoptive parents will see this movie and have it shake them to the core with fears of legal nightmares? How many potential adoptive families will be turned off to the idea and run scared in the opposite direction because of what might (unrealistically) happen? How is that pro-adoption? The movie wraps up in the end with a bunch of warm fuzzies as the viewers collectively sigh in relief, "well, I'm glad that worked out!" ...while everyone who is actually involved in adoption is left reeling about all the what-ifs...

    I don't see how this movie could helpful to the cause of adoption.
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    28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Ruination of Perfectly Good Christian Novel January 29, 2011
    By RAF
    My wife read the book and was very much looking forward to going to see the movie. However, the movie was not true to the book in most of the christian aspects. Items such as the chikds cousins teaching him how to pray and more of the part where the family was in Haiti and the childs interactions with the Haitian children. The movie producers decided to only make the movie for a secular movie audience and left out all of the important christian aspects of the book. If you read the book first and then saw what they produced as a movie, you would seriously be disappointed in the movie. They ruined a perfectly good christian novel. I can't believe that Mrs. Kingsbury actually let the movie producers get away with what they left out.
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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Was definitely not as expected March 13, 2011
    I had seen this movie advertised for almost a year in many, many Christian venues. Internet, magazines, movie trailers and as a Christian movie, it fell way short. A hallmark movie possibly but had no Christian content except for Christian relative, a church service and a missions trip which was used to help someone escape. In fact, the movie made the female leads' sister (the Christian in the movie) seem like the bad guy for reporting the lead as they were attempting to break the law, which made her look like the bad guy. So, if you are looking for a Christian movie, then pass on this one. If you are just looking for entertainment then maybe it is for you. One major warning wife is a domestic abuse survivor and the scene containing spousal abuse was real enough to really cause her distress. She had to leave the room and was shaken. So be warned it is a short part but real and brutal enough to gain a response from those sensitive to it.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed February 11, 2011
    I purchased this movie with high hopes, only to be very disappointed. The book was wonderful and showed the power of the Lord in a wonderful way. The movie had nothing to do with the Lord, it is like they took the heart and soul out of the book and made a movie of what was left. Wish I could return the movie. SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY! If you get a chance to read the book do it, but save your time and money and don't bother with the movie. Karen how could you allow this to happen???
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    After 7 years in prison Rip Porter (Pepper) is released and comes home to find out he has a son that was given up for adoption. He sets out to get him back. A father who never knew his son (Pepper) wants a chance to raise him. The only father the boy has known (Hauser) fights to keep him. Due to a flaw in the prison system the adoption of the boy turns out to be fraudulent and a fight begins. I have a feeling this kind of thing really happens. This is not as good as I want it to be. It was good, but TV movie good, like a really good Lifetime movie. This movie is very emotional and you feel for the little boy the entire time and wish for his ordeal to be over. This is yet another movie with a lot of potential but also falls flat. It is a good movie just, again, could have been better. When you watch make sure you give your lady kleenex. I give it a B.

    Would I watch again? - No
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