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|The Incredible Mrs Ritchie|
Actors: Gena Rowlands, Kevin Zegers, James Caan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
Charlie Proud is a troubled, hot-headed teen who is offered an ultimatum by his school principal, Mr. Dewitt (James Caan) ? suspension or work for the town "crazy lady" So starts the uplifting story of the journey The In... more »
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Carolyn A. (milkmaid) from GAINESVILLE, MO
Reviewed on 9/20/2009...
this is really a good movie. kind of sneaks up on you with the story but worth it in the end
Saved by Gena Rowlands
Jonathan Appleseed | 07/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fairly common story of a troubled teen coming of age. The problem is, there isn't much for him to come to age to, as there's nothing terribly new or original. In other words, it's a dreaded "retread".The plotline was weak, and Charlie's (Kevin Zegers) travails with the "bad boys" in the beginning, which were supposed to introduce us to his harsher personality, were silly and unbelievable. Regarding these "bad boys", they looked more like the geeks they were teasing. I wouldn't have been intimidated by any of them in high school, even if I was a Freshman and they were Seniors.Gena Rowlands saved this film from obscurity, as did Kevin Zegers, though to a lesser extent. He's clearly trying to add depth to his acting career, and that's terrific. There's still some room for him to grow. Gena Rowlands is *always* terrific. Her warmth infected and graced the entire film.For all it's failings, it was still an emotionally evocative film at times, with one profoundly moving event at the end of the film. And Charlie did experience growth, which helped him put his family back together.However, that's the biggest problem I had with the film. Without giving anything away, Charlie wasn't the person that needed to put that family back together (regardless of the silly contrivance that was written in to make it seem as such). It was the mother and the father, because both are pretty horrible people on the inside, but all we see is a father played as a typical jerk, and mother played as a typical drunk. Again, nothing fresh or original about their characters."
L. Pacheco | Aurora, CO United States | 07/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While the storyline is a bit weak and seems scrambled, Gena Rowlands and Kevin Zegers (who plays the troubled teen) are superb! They both light up the screen with powerful, moving character acting that is unlike most films today. As the story plays out, the troubled young man has to struggle with anger and resentment towards his abusive parents all the while trying to find his place in this world and meaning of life. After a series of poor choices and getting caught, his school principal gives him the choice of being expelled from school or to pay penance for his actions by helping out Mrs. Ritchie (Gena Rowlands) and her two metally challenged sons. Mrs. Ritchie turns out to be an ailing old woman who hasn't quite got over her husband (who sometimes makes angelic appearances just at the right moments) who previously died. As the movie moves forward, both characters learn valuable lessons from each other, and Zegers' character learns how to bring his family back together. While the acting is dynamic, the movie would be a complete flop without Zegers and Rowlands. The storyline isn't real solid and often leaves too many open questions. Yet, the film is well worth watching simply for the sake of watching the two great actors give life to dying characters. Truly one of my new favorites but only because of the acting. Worth seeing!"
buttered_toast | Gulf Shores, Alabama United States | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is wonderful. Its about a troubled teen with really bad parents who has trouble at school. His principle gets him a job with this old lady called Mrs. Ritchie. If he works for her as her handyman helping her in her garden then he won't get kicked out of school. I won't tell you anymore other than it is very good. Kevin Zegers performance is wonderful and this is a very touching movie. Buy it!!"