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Would I watch again? - Yes I would.
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Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) arrives in Durham traveling from a small town in Texas. There, he and his company had developed the town, employed the people and even added recreational properties. Now in Durham he wishes to rent Georgiana Carr's (Ellen Burstyn) emptied tobacco warehouse. He wishes to utilize it to store his company's hazardous waste, comes into conflict with the town, Carr herself, and her niece, Willa Jenkins (Patricia Clarkson). While these three are personally tackling their own conflicts, along with the town itself, there are other side issues occurring.
Mary Saunders (Amber Tamblyn) along with Harris Parker (Orlando Bloom), who is now one of the city's police officers and going to college to become a lawyer, were previously a couple. She is grasping at straws in an attempt to leave Durham for a fuller life while Harris remains living with his mother and looking out for her welfare. He doesn't want to leave the city, intending to work there as an attorney after finishing his schooling. These two are friends after high school where they were a steady couple and continue a companionship. Can there be a reconciliation of their past relationship or do they go their separate ways?
Throughout the entire movie, Georgiana Carr is in a quandary about whether to sell her very old, overly large, and beautifully atmospheric home.Read more ›
As for the actors, Ellyn Byrstyn is amazing (as always) as a fearful elderly woman watching her life - and her resources - dwindling to nothing. Colin Firth is kind of the red-herring in this film. I was taken aback at first to see him portraying a good a ole small town Texas boy - with appropriate swagger and drawl - who's made his fortune in the hazardous waste business. And while he may be devoid of so much as a shred of the dashing and genteel "Mr Darcy", he does look awfully good in jeans and cowboy boots.
The film raises some interesting real-life questions that our country needs to address - soon - or we're going to be in a real pickle. It gets off to a slow start, but watch it to the end and the discuss it with someone.
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I have no idea why this film got such a bad rap when it came out. It's heartfelt and has something to say and everyone's terrific in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by addison de witt
One of the worst and most pointless movie I've ever waisted my time on.Published 11 months ago by Liz Costa
This movie was kind of...different. I kept waiting for a real plot to emerge and it never really did, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura Burke
Slow movinng plot- the only redemption was that there were a few good lines in the story.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Colin Firth which is why I chose to watch this movie. It was not at all what I expected but then again I don't know what I expected. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary J. Romuno