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Saving Sarah Cain (2007)
Gentle, easy to watch (possible spoiler)
It was a little predictable, and sappy, but I found it to be gentle and easy to watch. I say 'easy' because it did not have heavy topics or scenes that could make you uncomfortable, especially if you were watching it with a child. Michael Landon, Jr. directs this film in a style similar to his fathers. He is careful when shooting the office 'tart' so that we get the idea without really having to 'see' everything. I especially enjoyed the shots of the Amish families ... I would have liked to see more of that. If you are a fan of Beverly Lewis then you will love this movie. The only thing that I didn't find real was the relationship between Sarah and her boyfriend. At one point he seems upset with her taking on the children but then he seems later to be for it and yet I did not see a transition into that.
A Home of Our Own (1993)
Sweet Tear Jerker, touches on all emotiones ...
First, I'm a sucker for true stories. This one is about a family with 5 children so that draws me in even more. The acting was superb, Kathy Bates hits the nail on the head with her performance as the mother. If you are a mother you will be drawn to her character. She may do things differently than you do, but you will admire her for what she does. Another memorable character is Mr. Moon. He too does a stellar job of portraying the neighbor. It is a 'real' movie as far as I'm concerned. You will want to have a tissue handy because some scenes really grab you. If you enjoy true movies like I do, this is one to watch. I watched it with a couple of my teenage kids and they did not "LOVE" it like I did but they said it was 'good.'
good for TP
I DVR'd this title when I saw all the big names. I thought it would be a nice chic flick with my 2 older daughters. I really do not want to give too much time to this review because frankly I spent too much time with the movie. The irreverent topics are portrayed in typical 'lifetime' style. I'm not sure if this was a big screen picture or always a TV movie, but I caught it on Lifetime. Blah. Don't waste your time. It is slow, painfully s l o w. The topics are typical 'lifetime' and way overdone. You know their favorite subjects: abortion, poor-me women syndrome, teenage sex, lesbian lovers - dying lesbian lovers no less. If you are out of toilet paper, and you can get your hands on the script, use it. To be fair, I did take advantage of the 'fwd' button on my DVR. I recommend this as a punishment, you know to a sassy teen rather than taking away TV time, force them to watch this.