The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
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Anything is possible with a little laughter and a lot of heart in this incredible true story of an extraordinary woman who raised 10 kids on 25 words or less. Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore stars as Evelyn Ryan, a devoted housewife and mother, who uses her knack for words to win thousands of dollars in jingle contests to keep her family together. Also starring Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson, this witty and engaging comedy celebrates the power of a winning spirit.
- Commentary by actress Julianne Moore
- Commentary by director Jane Anderson
- Still gallery
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With a husband the likes of hers, all that can do attitude and uncanny ability with the written word saves her family many many times.
Fabulous movie with a great cast! Its incredible what women had to put up with in those days but this woman dealt with those injustices with grace and tenacity!
PLEASE BE AWARE that the father is an alcoholic and that there are scenes that may be disturbing for children and sensitive teens. (No sex, (there is one scene that I thought might get sexual, but didn't), and no real physical violence from the father toward the mother or children (though it looks like that might happen too, and there is one accident that ends in the mother being bloody on hands and legs.) The father does break things, smash things, and yell, and makes some terrible decisions (he mortgages the house without telling his wife, for selfish reasons).
All this said, it was a movie I'd recommend in the right circumstances to a Christian family. The more I think about it, the more I wish I could have watched it with my teen before she left for college. Excellent fodder for good conversation. AND, importantly, it's enjoyable. I went back afterwards and re-watched parts of the film. The music is wonderful (would be a neat soundtrack!), and it's done well enough to really get you, emotionally. A nice movie for a hot summer night. =]