Like Dandelion Dust

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Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper star in My Date with Drew director Jon Gunn's heart-wrenching tale of a recently released ex-con who uses a legal loophole to locate his son, who was adopted by an upper-crust family shortly after his father was incarcerated. When Rip Porter (Pepper) went to prison, his wife, Wendy (Sorvino), couldn't handle the responsibilities of being a single parent. Wanting the best for her newborn son, Joey, she put the boy up for adoption. Adopted by Jack (Cole Hauser) and Molly Campbell (Kate Levering), Joey now enjoys an idyllic life with his new parents in a small town just outside of West Palm Beach, FL. Then, one day, Jack and Molly receive a troubling phone call from the social worker who assisted with the adoption: Rip has just been released from prison, and he's eager to start a new life with his wife Wendy and son Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton). A judge has just issued a ruling stating that the Campbells have no choice but to return Joey to his biological parents -- but what if Jack and Molly were simply to disappear with Joey, like dandelion dust, never to be seen again? The film is adapted from the best-selling novel by Karen Kingsbury. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mira Sorvino
as Wendy Porter
Barry Pepper
as Rip Porter
Kate Levering
as Molly Campbell
Maxwell Perry Cotton
as Joey Campbell
Cole Hauser
as Jack Campbell

Critic Reviews for Like Dandelion Dust

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Audience Reviews for Like Dandelion Dust

  • Apr 03, 2016
    Heartbreaking. I can't imagine being in the position of either woman.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2013
    "LIKE DANDELION DUST" is an emotive family drama that could have easily been renamed "The Underrated Actor's Club." Barry Pepper, Mira Sorvino, and the equally strong Cole Hauser are all phenomenal here, and display full well why it's a crime they aren't bigger names in the business. Pepper and Sorvino (provided with the more showy roles) are particularly award worthy; it's just a shame the film itself flew so far under the radar. This isn't a movie to see because of it's filmmaking or any other technical merit; it's one to see for it's faultless ensemble and it's simple story that hits home. Sure to go down lost in the anals of cinema, "Like Dandelion Dust" nevertheless deserves to find an audience.
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2011
    An emotional drama which neither has enough emotional moments nor comic situations (the humor quotient which is generally present in this kind of film). An unoriginal plot and dull execution are its major flaws. As for the performances, I only found the kid playing Joey worth a mention!!!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2011
    Oh my goodness. This was such a wonderful movie! A perfect gem. Amazing portrayals by ALL actors; totally believable, absorbing plot; interesting, adult dialogue; and characters that are developed perfectly. Kudos to all involved!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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