Men Don't Leave (1990)

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Weighed down by her late husband's debts, widow Beth Macauley (Jessica Lange) is compelled to sell her home and move to a less costly locale. She relocates in Baltimore with her resentful sons Chris (Chris O'Donnell) and Matt (Charlie Korsmo) and takes a job at a ramshackle gourmet food store managed by Lisa Coleman (Kathy Bates). Men Don't Leave offers in Beth an extremely vulnerable, easily discouraged person who can't seem to get a grip on her reduced circumstances. Even so, she and her sons eventually pull themselves together, despite many side trips with Wrong Lovers and False Friends. Some of the film's best moments involve Joan Cusack, playing a mixed-up nurse with whom Chris falls in love. Representing the comeback of director Paul Brickman after a seven-year gap, Men Don't Leave is a slightly more upbeat American version of the French film La Vie Continue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Arliss Howard
as Charles
Tom Mason
as John
Corey Carrier
as Winston
Jim Haynie
as Buckley
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Buckley
Shannon Moffett
as Dale Buckley
David Cale
as Fred
Lora Zane
as Nina Simon
Rick Rubin
as Craig
Tom Towles
as Evan Taylor
Jane Morris
as Laura
Tom Irwin
as Gary
Jesse James
as Blues Artist
Richard Burton Brown
as Sam Burrows
Mary Seibel
as Real Estate Agent
Robert D. North
as Moving Man
Stesha Merle
as Girl Student
Ann McDonough
as Female Customer
Theresa Wozniak
as Female Polka Dancer
Sandra V. Watters
as Bureaucrat
Zaid Farid
as Store Clerk
Wandachristine
as School Teacher
Peter Miller
as Chris' friend
Gerry Becker
as Uncle Hugh
Dick Sasso
as Lottery Winner
Chuck McLennan
as Lottery Announcer
Eddie Korosa
as Polka Band Leader
Alan J. Wendl
as Typewriter
Seka
as Adult Film Star
Tanl
as Adult Film Star
Brad Michael Gilbert
as Adult Film Star
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Audience Reviews for Men Don't Leave

If you like family drama, watch 'Men Don't Leave'. A family is thrown into turmoil when the husband dies unexpectedly. In an effort to deal with their circumstances, Beth and her sons find different supports, but eventually find out that family is needed to pull themselves together.

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Jessica Lange?s strong and convincing performance really lifts this drama above average. The story is believable and doesn?t sensationalize the subject matter. Well written, great cast, everyone gives a good performance. Sensitive direction by Paul Brickman. The characters develop very nicely.

James Higgins
James Higgins

65/100. Jessica Lange's strong and convincing performance really lifts this drama above average. The story is believable and doesn't sensationalize the subject matter. Well written, great cast, everyone gives a good performance. Sensitive direction by Paul Brickman. The characters develop very nicely.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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