After 20 years caring for her father, woman with cancer now must re-connect with her trashy sister and nephews she's never met after being diagnosed. Her love helps the angry teen nephew, and her sister learns to relate to people.
When a tough New Yorker's mother is stricken with a serious illness, she is forced to quit her job and her relationship with her boyfriend to take care of her, finding out a lot of things she didn't know about her mother and father and her life along the way.Written by
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During the birthday party for George (William Hurt), when he and Ellen (Renee Zellweger) are avoiding a couple party guests, George says, "Danger, Will Robertson, danger," and Ellen corrects him that it's Robinson, not Robertson. This a reference to "Lost in Space," which William Hurt starred in just before "One True Thing." See more »
In the scene where Ellen is working at midnight and Harold calls, the scene is shown in reverse. The titles on the book spines and the notes on the board are backwards. See more »
Your mother needs you, Ellen! Jesus Christ, you got a Harvard education, but where is your heart?
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I enjoyed this movie as much as you can, given the subject matter. Streep is completely amazing, Renee has some great moments, and Hurt does his usual preppy jerk routine. Several scenes will make you cry, but this is not the usual fatal-disease-in-the-family fare that you might expect it to be, thanks to Carl Franklin, who keeps the story fresh when stereotypes and cliches prevail.
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