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Unhook The Stars

2002

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3.8 out of 5 stars (25) IMDb 6.7/10

Gena Rowlands and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress, My Cousin Vinny, 1993) team up in this critically-acclaimed comedy treat!

Starring:
Gerard Depardieu, ,
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Format: DVD
The "mature" years are so often neglected in film, unless it's as the butt of a joke. Not here, however. The incomporable Gena Rowlands plays a character whose intelligence and self-possession seem an extension of Rowlands herself, making it a very good fit. Seeing a woman who has raised her children and is now searching for what to become is a refreshing storyline. Tomei adds marvelous support as the "white trash" neighbor, and I really appreciated how the director never gave us easy answers for these characters. Tomei never turns into a lady, and Rowlands never quite figures out where she is going: she merely decides to take the journey. The character of Tomei's son adds a touching poignancy to the story, highlighting Rowland's search for identity at this late stage in her life. This film doesn't jump up and tell you what it's about; it quietly presents Rowland's life and lets you figure it out--perhaps this requires a little more thinking than some viewers would like. Unlike other films that on first viewing seem obtuse, all the answers are there in "Unhook the Stars" if the viewer takes time to look for them. Every performance is subtly nuanced and adds to the theme (a good example is the luncheon scene with the adult son and his wife. Watch the subtle interplay between those two and you will know all you need to know abou their relationship-and why Rowlands chooses not to live with them.) This is a terrific film that can be enjoyed by thinking adults, and might particularly speak to men or women who have reached retirement age and are beginning to reevaluate their identity.
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Rather than Depardieu's role being underwritten, it was just right within the rich tableau of the entire movie. His was supposed to be a small role, and just because Depardieu played it doesn't mean it was 'underwritten'. It fit.
Rowlands acted superbly - most reviewers I've seen mention this, justifiably. Yet of the major reviewers only Hebert mentioned Marisa Tomei's equally superb performance. Not the same movie without her. She added the necessary spiced vinegar and humor, providing contrast - a sharper edge to what might otherwise have seemed a touch on the sweet side.
I'd love to see more movies like this - without great implaccable denouements ending with bombs bursting in air. No, this is a heartfelt, charming movie that entertains throughout without resorting to the cheaper methods of garnering our attention. Yet the pace was there, pulling us along easily.
Great acting, unpretentious writing, a lifelike plot - all these elements combine to make Unhook the Stars a thoroughly pleasant watch. Nex
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Format: DVD
Gena Rowlands and Marisa Tomei star in this wonderful movie about two generation helping each other out through life lessons and love. Rowlands is a lonely lady who helps Tomei watch her little boy, and with that Rowlands comes alive again and the boy brings new meaning to her life. Jake Lloyd plays the little boy and he will tug at your heart strings so perfectly. Superbly acted by these fine Oscar winning ladies, this little-known movie is worth it. Sometimes funny, sad, touching, and honest, it tells the truth about what people can do for one another if we are not afraid to give it a try and look beyond ourselves. Unhook the Stars, be real to yourself and those around you, and don't be afraid to give it a chance.
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I love this movie , as a woman, because it shows the complicated relationships of being a mother and nurturer to all and how much energy it requires and ultimately a feeling of losing oneself. I love her decision at the end to forgoe anymore relationships of caring for others and seeking a new life for herself of uncertainty and exploration into a life she never planned for or expected , but has the courage to seek It out. Bravo ! I love Gena Rowlands anyways, she always seems to play strong female roles .
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Very interesting interplay. . .

Some good acting (Tomei is EXTREMELY good), and a touching relationship between the middle-aged woman and her neighbor's boy.

The central character provides love and support freely and generously to those around her but then, apparently to prevent people from becoming too dependent on her and thus emotionally stunted, she takes the initiative in ending the relationships and resolutely moving on.

What turns me very much off is the fact that it seems that everyone is constantly smoking and drinking, even in the presence of a child. Is this product placement?

Because of the cigarettes and alcohol, i reducing the score by one star.
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this movie is fictional but i learned something very important from it. it is about relationships and even though two people can be completely different, they can still need each other. i hope you watch it and can learn what i did. i will always remember Gena Rowland's character advice to Marisa Tomei (sp?)
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I absolutely love this movie. Gena Rowlands really is at her BEST in this one. I just could not understand how they classified it as a comedy. I viewed it with a serious point of view.
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An insightful look at three mature people who make difficult changes in their lives that lead them into new directions and better relationships. The three stars--Rowlands, Tomei, and Depardieu are brilliant.
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