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Where the Heart Is
Where the Heart Is
Actors: Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy, Crispin Glover, Suzy Amis
Director: John Boorman
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 47min

Stewart McBain (Dabney Coleman -- DRAGNET, TOOTSIE) is a successful, wealthy businessman who has given his family the easy life. Now, as young adults, none of the kids are in any hurry to leave the cushy lifestyle they enj...  more »


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Actors: Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy, Crispin Glover, Suzy Amis
Director: John Boorman
Creators: Peter Suschitzky, John Boorman, Ian Crafford, Edgar F. Gross, Telsche Boorman
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 02/23/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 02/23/1990
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Where the art is
Valerie J Jutsum | Fairport, NY United States | 01/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Where the heart is was an unexpected surprise when I saw it back in 1990 and it continues to catch my breath and stir my heart every time I see it. More than a story of poor little rich and spoiled kids or parents that just don't get their kids, this is a visually beautiful and fluid portrait of vastly different people. Some start out as family members and some join the family. The exploration and expressions of love and the true treasures of life are richly set in the artwork that flows across the screen and unites the story. A real treat for both the eye and the mind, it will delight the heart, wherever it is."
Does Father Know Best After All?
Betty Burks | Knoxville, TN | 09/07/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The beginning of this flick reminded me of the play "Lost In Yonkers" with the exception that these young people were all from an upper class (status wise) family and had exceptional, individualistic talents. Christopher Plummer, long a favorite of mine, was just plain silly as the old magician. But we won't dwell on that. If you find that something you thought you really, really wanted no longer seems to desirable, this is the day to admit that to yourself and let the old dream go. That was the whole premise of this story.

Many people paint illusions and live in unreality, but these beatnicks of rare abilities are strange being, lost souls. The father who knows best is a master at demolition of old buildings and finds one where he transplants his weirdly-talented offspring to fend for themselves. The sisters made risque films and accumulated tenants who lived there in the tenement free if they participated in the montage for a calender, one you would never believe or expect from such a high-class background as these two girls. The young man is a computer whiz who develops his own games online and helps out with the charade when needed.

On the dance floor, "I've forgotten the steps.' "Your head has, but your heart hasn't." We never forget the music we loved or which helped us to grow up alone or with a large family; music is what soothes the soul when it needs balm. Who stopped the music, one asked; the father declared, "I did." And he paid for it bigtime. Stewart (Dabney Coleman) had a breakdown of sorts and learned to speak in 'tongues.' And so he and his wealthy wife fit right in with the rest of this weird group. None were ordinary. They learned a new level of confidence there in their artsy atmosphere. It was all a surrealistic fantasy and the gold eye makeup on the lotus flower was extravagant.

It sometimes takes failure to appreciate your success. Watching Stewart bid farewell to his office staff was worth the whole film. The grown-up kids were what really made the movie, however. What's the point of life -- it's just a rehearsal. They learned that life really is just an adaptation, all a game to be played out. The eerie house had fulfilled the need and so it too hit the dust. If you have not seen this one, it will keep you wondering how they got away with some of it past the censors and the rest will keep you in stitches. Coleman was the original Steve Martin."
fatal_degree | Michigan | 12/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wide screen edition with no extras on the disc. The regular network stations used to play this movie on weekends when I was a kid. It is a wonderful light hearted film about a group of spoiled rich kids getting kicked out and trying to make it on their own. It is in no way a serious, true to life film. More like a fanciful fairytale that naturally has a happy ending. The cast of characters and the range of artistic individuals is what makes this movie special to me. It seems to center around the creation and compilation of the groups artistic talents. The fashion designer prentending to be gay so he gets "taken seriously" is one colorful piece. And the crowning glory is the massive murals that one young artist creates and photographs for a calendar project. Her murals combine wall paintings, painting on the human body, and props to create an awesome finished product. I love just skipping to the murals in the is inspiring."
Sweet film...
fatal_degree | 07/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This really is a sweet film. Not the strongest plot mind you, if you're looking for something complex. But beautifully done. Anyone the least bit artistically inclined will enjoy the imagery. And I for one can relate to Uma's character trying to pound her way back into the house after Dad (Dabney) has struck a deal and moved the kids out. My parents had my bed apart 20 minutes BEFORE I left for college. Tee-hee... Eagerly awaiting the DVD release (hint hint)..."