Unhook the Stars (1996)
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
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Critic Reviews for Unhook the Stars
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.
The movie is likable and sympathetic but probably too muted to compel much damn-the -torpedoing to the multiplex.
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