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Bev's journey and her refusal to be defeated by the hardships she faces. Eventually, she realizes that she and her son, separated in age by only 15 years, have grown from childhood to adulthood together. She also discovers a powerful revelation: what she had once thought of as the obstacles of child rearing have strangely become what have defined her life.
Drama Comedy - Females, from teens on up, are the audience most likely to enjoy
this inspirational comedy/drama. Men can also enjoy, but the themes
are distinctly feminine. Subject matter may be inappropriate for
PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some barely seen fooling around. VIOLENCE: One brief instance of violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, pills. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic dialogue and situations involving children, body functions, among other things.
Good "A film
like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and
shows us confused lives we recognize. Hollywood tends to reduce stories like
this to simplified redemption parables in which the noble woman emerges
triumphant after a lifetime of surviving loser men. This movie is closer to the
truth: A lot depends on what happens to you, and then a lot depends on how you
let it affect you.''
Good "Director Penny Marshall has fashioned a
well-acted diversion, and she wisely chooses humor over treacle in what could
have been an overly sentimental tale. But, ultimately, it feels a bit stale and
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
First let me say that this is NOT a lighthearted comedy/love story as many may expect. It is often a strong drama with some sad scenes that may have you looking for a tissue. It also has many funny scenes to break the tension. Except for the rather strong content, this is a great movie to take teen females to see. It shows them how life can be totally changed by an unplanned pregnancy and also by not being choosy enough when it comes to finding your life long mate.
Most enjoyed this movie very much with only a small percentage rating it "Fair," which is somewhat low. Most indicated that they would recommend this movie to friends, which always says a lot.
I recommend this movie, especially to the ladies. Adult males should enjoy it nearly as much as the ladies. Teen males should probably skip it.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Sorry, I wasn't given an advance screening of this movie. Our critic covered it.
It's 1965, and Bev (Drew Barrymore) is a bright and gifted girl whose dream is to one
day move to New York City and become a writer. But as a teenager in
working-class Wallingford, Connecticut, the daughter of a cop and a homemaker,
reading Shakespeare and one too many romance novels is the closest it seems
she'll get. Her talent for writing has drawn praise from her teachers and helped
fuel her ambition to go to college, but she is also a typical teen-sassy, funny,
mercurial, rebellious... boy-crazy.
She meets Ray Hasek (Steve Zahn), a tough, not-too-bright 18-year-old dropout,
at a party. Rejected by the boy she has a crush on, Bev turns to Ray, who is
instantly taken with her, only to be stunned by an unintended and unexpected
pregnancy months later.
Now she faces the nightmare of telling her parents. In a "nice" family
in a place like Wallingford, unwed motherhood was definitely not embraced. Bev's
suggestion that she keep the child and finish high school is thwarted by her
stern father (James Woods) and heartbroken mother (Lorraine Bracco). She quits
school and agrees to marry Ray to keep family peace. After a woefully awkward
wedding ceremony, she and Ray set up housekeeping.
With her new husband working as an air conditioning installer and a carpet
layer, and the birth of a baby boy (not her hoped for daughter), Bev is still
determined to get her high school diploma and go on to college. The problem: six
years into the marriage, she discovers that her husband is a drug addict, and
he's spent all the money she has worked so hard to save for college. The
marriage dissolves and Ray disappears from her life. Suddenly a single mom with
no real career prospects, Bev faces a daunting question: Now what?