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Charms for the Easy Life (2002)





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Based on the bestselling novel by Kaye Gibbons, the made-for-cable Charms for the Easy Life takes place in North Carolina during WWII. At the heart of the story is Charlie Kate (Gena Rowlands), an unconventional matriarch and midwife, who years earlier had been given a gift for homeopathic healing from a mysterious black gentleman. Charlie Kate, her widowed daughter Sophia (Mimi Rogers), and her granddaughter Margaret (Susan May Pratt) are a continual source of outrage for their tradition-bound white neighbors, especially because of Charlie's insistence upon dispensing racially equal health care. This, however, does not mean that the feisty old lady is completely free of prejudice herself, as witness her skeptical reaction to daughter Sophia's growing relationship with divorced lawyer Mr. Baines (Geordi Johnson) -- and her simultaneous, wholehearted endorsement of Margaret's romance with wounded GI Tom Hawkings (Kenneth Mitchell). Charms for the Easy Life originally aired August 18, 2002 on the Showtime cable network.
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Gena Rowlands
as Charlie Kate
Mimi Rogers
as Sophia
Susan May Pratt
as Margaret
Kenneth Mitchell
as Tom Hawkings III
Steve Behal
as Charles Nutter
Gary Brennan
as Dr. Trimble
Robert Clarke
as Coroner
Wayne Robson
as Doctor
Christine Rottenberg
as Sophia (1909)
Geordie Johnson
as Mr. Richard Baines
David Macniven
as Sophia's Husband
Kirsten Kieferle
as Charlie Kate (1909)
Stella Sprowell
as Mrs. Baines
Dwight McFee
as Tom's Father
Christine Rotenberg
as Sophia (1909)
Kayla Perlmutter
as Margaret (as a child)
Joanne Boland
as Tom's Sister
Maggie Huculak
as Tom's Mother
Ron Kennel
as Charlie's Husband
Judy White
as Louise
Ron Kennell
as Charlie's Husband
Rufus Crawford
as Lynched Man
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Gena's great as ever the movie less so.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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I don't know exactly when "three generations of strong-willed women living in the same house" became a genre, but this movie definitely fits that genre. Thankfully, the youngest girl was interesting, as the older two generations often bored me. I was fascinated with how the youngest girl tried to navigate between the two extremes set for her by her mother and grandmother. While I normally am not a fan of episodic movies, this movie was actually served by it's episodes. I dislke the ending extremely, as it was hackneyed and trite, and this movie fell into such cliches. Decent, but not altogether memorable.

Giffy Giffoniello
Giffy Giffoniello

I "accidentally" started watching this movie because I was feeling a little lazy, and didn't want to find the remote to change the channel. It was a great movie, and I'm glad I was too lazy to find something else to watch, because I would have missed out on a great movie! I definitely recommend!

Tanisha Wallace
Tanisha Wallace

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