Wanda (Laura Dern) is a dirt-poor Louisiana mother pregnant with her fifth child who answers a wealthy couple's "baby wanted" ad. Rachel (Stockard Channing) is the would-be adoptive mother who quietly clashes with Laura at every turn.
A young drug addicted teenager's fighting a drug habit and get family who are in denial about it. She's sent to an intervention program where the addicts are confronted - by each other and ... See full summary »
Based on the life of Kitty O'Neil (Stockard Channing), a young girl who overcame her deafness to become one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood, and the holder of the women's land-speed record for driving a rocket-powered racing car.
This movie deals with the breakdown of communication, the loss of identity, and the facelessness of corporate life. Phil (David Aaron Baker) and Anna (Mary McCormack) are a young married, ... See full summary »
David Aaron Baker,
I thought this a better than average legal drama, and while a previous review called this something like "cliché city," I thought there were some fresh twists on familiar themes.
1. Often people of color or the disabled are presented as saints or sinners in this type of film (e.g., blacks are either street thugs or have advanced degrees) and these characters exist here as well. But the brother-in-law and the disabled prosecutor struck me as good but seriously flawed individuals. Yes, this too can be a Hollywood cliché, but these characters struck me as bringing something new to the table.
2. The prosecutor who lost her husband to senseless violence is another cliché, and there were times that the sad weepy children and mom were written in a way that could have been mailed in. And the presentation of the "perfect" marriage that ends tragically was nothing new. (once again, we could develop sympathy for a widow who had a more realistic marriage.) But even when the dialog was clichéd, the actors manages to sell it.
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