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Einar turns his back on memories when he is in shock over his only son's death a decade ago. He lets his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. He only cares for his hired hand, and trusted friend. His daughter-in-law shows up in town with a young girl she says is his granddaughter. Eiar's life is turned upside down but the young girl helps Einar's heart to open up.
Jennifer Lopez SHALL WE DANCE, JERSEY GIRL, GIGLI Robert Redford THE CLEARING, SACRED PLANET, SPY GAME Morgan Freeman THE BIG BOUNCE, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, DREAMCATCHER Director: Lasse Hallstrom THE SHIPPING NEWS, CHOCOLAT, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 8 S-words, 13 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Briefly heard sex. VIOLENCE: Hits and beatings with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some wisecracks and cute kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good An Unfinished Life isn't original, but, for those who enjoy this sort of drama, it's an opportunity to remember how, in the right circumstances, on-screen characters can touch our hearts.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...based on an original screenplay by Mark and Virginia Korus Spragg, is modest and heartfelt, dealing directly with straightforward material. We don't expect any twists and there aren't any,...
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We collected 204 moviegoer opinions. Outstanding Opinions! With over seventy-five percent rating it "Very Good" or higher and nearly all the remaining ones rating it "Good," "An Unfinished Life" is a movie I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, the story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they
are divided, learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Einar Gilkyson (Robert
Redford) is a tough-skinned, retired rancher who long
ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago, Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with
his marriage. Now, Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand, and last trusted friend, Mitch (Morgan Freeman), who was
gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude . . . until the very person
he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke, on the run and with
a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner), who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly, Einar's quiet life
is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly, miraculously, 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life, and
her longing for family and a father figure, begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected
connection, adventure, mercy and true reunion.