The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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Average Rating: 3.2/10
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Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) is a divorced mother living is Boston with her 6-year-old daughter Molly (Asia Viera). She supports herself and her daughter by working part time in a lab and teaching piano. Her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) is a Washington lawyer who has since remarried. Anna meets Leo Cutter (Liam Neeson) and she and the Irish sculptor begin a torrid and passionate love affair. Molly walks in while the two are making love and lies down to sleep next to her mother, oblivious of
Nov 4, 1988 Wide
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The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother.
Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course.
For all its potential to challenge and disturb, The Good Mother is finally no more wrenching than a placid Maine landscape on a summer day.
The Good Mother is one of the most confused and conflicted serious movies in a long time -- a film that feels great passion about its subject matter but has no idea what it wants to say or how to say it.
Overall, it's a competent meditation on a complex subject, but one wishes it had been injected with a little of the passion that the sculptor is supposed to have awakened in the good mother.
Spock and Qui-Gon kick *** at showing feelings.
A thought-provoking film about single parenting, sexual mores and the tendency in our society to allow lawyers and judges to settle questions of personal values.
Could have been standard "Lifetime Channel" material, but Keaton and company deliver some great work.
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