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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 24 September 2010 (USA)
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A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. ... See full summary »

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Stephen J. Rivele (screenplay), Michael Lachance (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Wendy Porter
Barry Pepper ... Rip Porter
Cole Hauser ... Jack Campbell
Kate Levering ... Molly Campbell
Maxwell Perry Cotton ... Joey Campbell
L. Scott Caldwell ... Allyson Bower
Abby Brammell ... Beth Norton
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Bill Norton
Brett Rice ... Judge Evams
Chad Gundersen ... Cop 1
Timothy Twisdale Timothy Twisdale ... Cop 2
Neil Ronco ... Tom Alonzo
Blake Michael Bryan Blake Michael Bryan ... Jonah Norton
Brooke Bryan Brooke Bryan ... Cammie Norton
Gregory Albrecht ... Court Appointed Attorney
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A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film bravely exposes the humanity in each character reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time. Written by Karen Kingsbury

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Taglines:

Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including domestic violence and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,960, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$352,810, 31 October 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where Berry Pepper's character, Rip, is bitten by his dog was not part of the script until the dog decided to improvise it. Berry Pepper was actually bitten by his fellow actor, the dog. See more »

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In the kitchen scene after Rip Porter smashes his empty bottle and gets consoled by Wendy, the positions of his head and of their hands around each other's heads change too suddenly between the subsequent shots while lines are being spoken across the cuts. See more »

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Wendy Porter: There is one thing that - -- that you could do for me. I would like Joey to know that he has two mothers: one that loved him so much that she couldn't let him go, and one that loved him so much that she had to.
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What I Cannot Change
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More like a novel than a film
5 February 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

When the father is an alcoholic abuser and the mother can't stick up for herself, there's always hope that the son will get to a better home. "Like Dandelion Dust" explores that hope and the powers of wealth, love and family.

The strength of the film lies in its story-telling. The characters were all painted extremely realistically and even sympathetically, and every scene in the film advanced the plot. Written by Oscar-nominated writer Stephen J. Rivele and Michael Lachance, it certainly comes across as a film driven by the writing. But no matter how interesting the story was, they couldn't completely keep my attention. When we have gritty scenes, we get drab shots. The story really wasn't brought to life.

"Like Dandelion Dust" is less like a film and more like a novel. And unsurprisingly, it is a novel with the same name by Karen Kingsbury. As I have just learned, Kingsbury is known as a Christian novelist. Although religion is an element in this film, it's presented in a very subtle, questioning way. See "Like Dandelion Dust" because it's a novel, not because it's a Christian novel.


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