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Unhook the Stars (1996)

Unhook the Stars



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Recently widowed Mildred (Gina Rowlands, the mother of the director Nick Cassavetes) is comfortably ensconced in her suburban life. She spends much of her time taking care of her angry, resentful adolescent daughter Ann Mary Margaret (Moira Kelly). One day Mary gets into a fight with her mother and runs away, leaving Mildred all alone until her troubled neighbor Monica (Marisa Tomei) shows up to ask if Mildred will baby-sit her six-year-old son J.J. (Jake Lloyd). Mildred immediately adores the child and soon becomes not only his sitter, but his best friend and substitute doting mom. Once again busy meeting other's needs, Mildred is fulfilled. But then Monica takes Mildred out for a beer. At the pub Mildred receives flattery and attention from a handsome and gentlemanly French Canadian trucker named Big Tommy, and she allows him to take her home. Things change when Mildred's wealthy son, whom she blatantly favored over Ann Mary Margaret, asks if she will move to San Francisco to be near him. Next, J.J.'s repentant father moves back home to make up with Monica and be with his son. The renewed emptiness prompts Mildred to begin thinking for the first time of her own needs and wants. By the time Mary returns home to apologize and resume their relationship, Mildred has made some surprising decisions.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Cassavetes, Helen Caldwell
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On DVD: Dec 9, 2003


Moira Kelly
as Ann Mary Margaret
Christy Lenk
as Miss Mannis
Brittney Lewis
as Hospital Receptionis...
Dru Homer
as Bar Patron
Derrick Lok
as Lion Dancer
Sang Lee
as Lion Dancer
David Thorthon
as Frankie Warren
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Nick Cassavetes' first feature celebrates the acting grandeur of his mom Gena Rowlands, casting her in the lead role as a older woman who would rather stick to her independent lifestyle than be dependent on her kids; I wish the script were better.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
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The movie is likable and sympathetic but probably too muted to compel much damn-the -torpedoing to the multiplex.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Unhook the Stars

Nick Cassavetes does his father no disservice with this film anchored by his mother Gena Rowlands and Marisa Tomei. Nicely done.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

I know u shouldn't judge a book (or movie) by its cover or title but this is one of my favourite movie titles and a reel good com-dram.

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