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Janet McTeer plays a dislocated single mom named Mary Jo Walker. She is so real I swear I knew her back in North Carolina. Her daughter Ava, played by Kimberly J. Brown looks like a real child and has a real child's problems.
I couldn't gauge the time period of the film but the bathing suits were right out of the late fifties or early sixties (they weighed a ton when you got them wet). Ava's English teacher uses the phrase "dissed" which seems out of place to me as I don't remember that term being used before the seventies.
Depending on the period, things were better or worse for single moms and their offspring although California was the place to be until very recently if you wanted to survive (too expensive now! ). There was a time when the only way a female could deal with an unhappy home life was to "get married" and run away, and then "get married" and run away, etc. and the first thing you knew you woke up one morning and found you had been married 3 or 4 times, were unemployed, and still waiting for the knight in shining armor who never seemed to show up.
I know what it feels like to run away from an abusive parent at age 17, dropping out of high-school and marrying the first guy who asked.Read more ›
The screenplay, though,starts very HBO and descends to LIFETIME near the end and becomes a little too cliche and pat, thus giving the film a 4 star rating.The acting, though, is WAY UP THERE and should be viewed for watching a real stage actress captured on the big screen.Janet McTeer is the consummate actress who is best known for her UK work on T.V. and the stage, but in her few American films, she has managed to capture this viewer's eye each time she performs.
See her in SONGCATCHER and you will see what I mean.Remember, this is a Brit doing what most homegrown girls can't seem to do!
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The story has some serious gaps, but the key to this movie is Janet McTeer!Published 4 months ago by dana worsham
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This is one of the sweetest movies I have ever seen. The daughter is the one who has to be a 'mom' to her wild and crazy mother, whose wild spirit and terrible taste in men leads... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Camp Girl
Bought this to replace my VHS tape and the price was great too. Loved this movie!Published 13 months ago by meredith hultin
I absolutely love this movie. Warming ,funny and charming. Completely different and unpredictable.Published 13 months ago by NicoleKN.