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Actors: Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders, Gavin O'Connor, Laurel Holloman
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Janet mcteer portrays a sexy southern gal with a heart of gold a hearty appetite for life and supremely bad taste in men. An irresistible tale of an unbreakable mother-daughter bond. Special features: commentary by writer/... more »
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Mary-Jo W. (mjowest) from SHELBYVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 9/28/2009...
Very rough language. Sensual scenes- Also, not for the pre teen- I found it troubling to watch this Mom and her reckless behavior being observed and accepted by her 12 year old daughter. The scene where the Mom teaches the daughter how to kiss and the scene of the daughter and boy friend kissing were also bothersome. The acting- WOW. I really felt myself being sucked into the story line. A few inconsistancies, but I like to pick apart movies- like how in the heck did they have enough money to keep going?? Worth watching.
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It made me laugh, it made me cry...
Dianne Foster | USA | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I postponed seeing this film in the theatre because the DVD can be purchased for the price of two movie tickets. I usually triage films I eventually watch -- some I must see on the big screen, some I rent, and some I buy on blind faith and film reviews. This film fell into the last category. The critics wrote very favorable comments about Janet MeTeer's performance, and of course she won a Golden Globe, so I wasn't taking too much of a risk, and I was not disappointed in my decision. Janet McTeer plays a dislocated single mom named Mary Jo Walker. She is so real I swear I knew her back in North Carolina. Her daughter Ava, played by Kimberly J. Brown looks like a real child and has a real child's problems.I couldn't gauge the time period of the film but the bathing suits were right out of the late fifties or early sixties (they weighed a ton when you got them wet). Ava's English teacher uses the phrase "dissed" which seems out of place to me as I don't remember that term being used before the seventies. Depending on the period, things were better or worse for single moms and their offspring although California was the place to be until very recently if you wanted to survive (too expensive now! ). There was a time when the only way a female could deal with an unhappy home life was to "get married" and run away, and then "get married" and run away, etc. and the first thing you knew you woke up one morning and found you had been married 3 or 4 times, were unemployed, and still waiting for the knight in shining armor who never seemed to show up. I know what it feels like to run away from an abusive parent at age 17, dropping out of high-school and marrying the first guy who asked. Heck, I went straight from North Carolina to California. If you've misjudged--and most do--you end up bouncing along from one pillar to another post waiting for something to work out. This film reveals how misjudgments happen. Women who make bad choices aren't bad -- just hurt, scared, and uninformed about other, better choices. My single mom friends and I survived by befriending each other, and showing each other how to "rise above" problems. This wonderful film celebrates that triump."
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!
eileen f. | 04/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tumbleweeds was a brilliant film. Both Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown were outstanding as a mother and daugther travelling pretty much across country and running away from mean boyfriends. It is a great story of a relationship between mother and daughter, and not only is Mary Jo a great mother but she is also a great friend to her daughter. This film made me laugh alot. There is alot of humor to it. I rented the DVD, and after the ending(which i loved, that's all i will say about it), I watched it w/ the audio commentary for awhile, and it's a great way to learn more about the whole process of film making, and I would not have known that the director/writer of the film had also acted in it. I recommend this film to all, It's a must see!"
John Farr | 07/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A familar mother-daughter tale receives refreshingly uncompromising treatment in "Tumbleweeds", buoyed by a stellar performance from McTeer, who was Oscar-nominated. Young Brown also shines as a daughter forced to grow up too soon. Director O'Connor knows his material, and does a fine turn himself as rugged trucker Jack, Sara Jo's latest love interest."