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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 ›
“Tumbleweeds” only cost $312,000 in 1999, which goes to show that you can make a quality film with good actors on a shoestring budget. The second half is better than the first half and so it takes a while to immerse oneself into the world of the characters. The film won my respect in the second half with an impressive scene in the camper between Ava and Dan (Sanders).
Speaking of Ava, she’s a good kid, but there are a couple of scenes where she gets on your nerves, like blowing bubbles at the dinner table and reading Shakespeare in the restaurant (more on this below). I also didn’t like the faddish shaky camera, which I’m sure was done to add a tone of realism. Women will appreciate this film more than I did because the entire movie revolves around the mother & daughter as best friends and their drama & antics, most of which is fun, but some tacky and verging on crude (I said “verging”).
I should add that I appreciate the way Jack (O’Connor) wasn’t displayed as an over-the-top bad boyfriend. His criticisms on various situations were reasonable, but read below for further commentary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful story by a beautiful lady!! A MUST SEE for women who have a tendency to give their power to dysfunctional / abusive men.Published 2 months ago by Linda Polk
The story has some serious gaps, but the key to this movie is Janet McTeer!Published 8 months ago by dana worsham
Bought this to replace my VHS tape and the price was great too. Loved this movie!Published 16 months ago by meredith hultin
I absolutely love this movie. Warming ,funny and charming. Completely different and unpredictable.Published 17 months ago by NicoleKN.