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Critics and audiences alike welcomed this movie as a powerfully moving story about finding hope in the most unusual of places.
Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug (James Gandolfini, In the Loop) and Lois Riley (2008 Best Actress Oscar® nominee for Frozen River, Melissa Leo) have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway (Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga, The Cake Eaters), and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage.
The much-missed Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) also stars in this film that is a must-see.
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh:-, Empire Magazine, November 25, 2011
Rotten: Stewart's strung-out, frowzy performance is a timely reminder that the girl can act, but despite strong work from all three leads, the facile screenplay runs out of things to say fairly quickly.-Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2011
Rotten: It's a well-made film, and New Orleans is crisply and interestingly shot by cinematographer Christopher Soos, but this ultimately looks like a TV movie dressed up for the big screen.-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], November 17, 2011
Rotten: Stewart lets it all hang out in a firecracker role but her damaged character never achieves the depth the weak material could have done with.-David Jenkins, Time Out, November 15, 2011
Very good peformance by Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini. Doug works hard to help Mallory change her ways and be a father that she never had. Mallory was wild and almost far gone until she saw that someone actually cared about her when she though no one ever would. Very powerful performance for the two actors and Melissa Leo. Kristen is so not Bella in this movie.
Reviewer: twiheart Review refers to DVD version