Unhook the Stars (1996)


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After her daughter leaves over an argument, Mildred is left alone. But Mildred's neighbor Monica asks her to baby-sit her son, and Mildred becomes the boy's second mother. When Monica's husband comes back, Mildred is once again alone. She begins thinking of her own needs and makes some surprising decisions.

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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.

Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: B-
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A sensitive, honest, touching study of the seemingly limited options faced by a woman whose age belies her energy, enthusiasm and ability to enjoy herself whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The impressive acting can cover up only so many glaring holes in a film that doesn't really know what it wants to say.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

A tender and perceptive psychological portrait ...

Jan 22, 2002 | Full Review…

Rowlands infuses Mildred's interior life with a complexity that isn't always apparent from her somewhat chilly, bland exterior.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie is likable and sympathetic but probably too muted to compel much damn-the -torpedoing to the multiplex.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
USA Today
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Nick Cassavetes does his father no disservice with this film anchored by his mother Gena Rowlands and Marisa Tomei. Nicely done.

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