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Playing House (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 24 March 2006
A young, ambitious editor finds out she's pregnant just as she lands her big break.

Director:

Kelly Makin

Writers:

Michelle Lovretta (screenplay) (as M.A. Lovretta), Patricia Pearson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Kelly ... Frannie Mackenzie
Lucas Bryant ... Calvin Puddie
Colin Ferguson ... Michael Tate
Michael Murphy ... Hubbard
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Madeline
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... John
Kristin Lehman ... Marina
Janet van de Graaf Janet van de Graaf ... Ellie
Dorion Davis Dorion Davis ... Venia
Richard Clarkin ... Richard
Renee Percy ... Sandy
Mitchell Nye Mitchell Nye ... Casey
Samantha Romando Samantha Romando ... April
Flossie McKnight Flossie McKnight ... Dr. Nandu (as Araxi Arslanian)
Mario Romano Mario Romano ... Doctor
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Storyline

Frances Mackenzie is a Canadian junior copy editor in New York, but lands the account of her favorite author, Michael Tate, who finds her honesty fascinating. Just after her boyfriend Calvin Puddie started a six month tour as a jazz musician, she learns to be pregnant. Having neglected to prolong her visa, Frannie is stuck with her parents in Canada after a visit. Just when she started to despair, Calvin returns and proves a wonderfully supportive father, both before and after the birth of their son, but leaves when she fails to affirm being in love... Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

CTV [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Babaház See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color
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I Don't Want to Go Home
Written by Todd Hunter
Performed by Todd Hunter Band
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Not the typical Lifetime pablum
17 April 2006 | by egm-9See all my reviews

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this little made for Lifetime movie. There is a lot that is entertaining about it. The predictable Lifetime storyline is there of course, but they've dressed it up to go to town. The writing is actually pretty good, the characters are multi-dimensional and not completely inclined to stereotypes. I am writing this under the assumption that the campiness in the script was intentional; heaven help me if I am wrong!

The story revolves around Madeline, a young career woman who has a fling with a hot jazz musician. He goes off on tour and she finds herself pregnant and alone. Somewhat ambivalent and depressed, Madeline goes home to Canada to visit her wacky family (not Coen brothers wacky, but more than you would come to expect from "TV for Women"). On her return home to Manhattan, She has an unfortunate encounter with a Customs officer and an expired passport, which is one of the highlights of the movie. She finds herself stuck in Canada, but her family invite her to stay and have the baby in Canada. This is her idea of hell on earth (I can relate, indeed), but she has no choice as she has been denied re-entry into the US for 1 year. The bulk of the movie finds her adjusting to her new life, and it starts feeling more Lifetimey here. But overall, I was mostly entertained by this movie.


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