Unhook the Stars
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The great overlooked actress Gena Rowlands was cast in the starring role of Mildred in this film directed by her son, Nick Cassavetes. Rowlands appeared in several of John Cassavetes's remarkable films, notably A Woman Under the Influence. Mildred is a wealthy widow who lives with her daughter Ann Mary Margaret (Moira Kelly), who is constantly angry with her. Ann Mary moves out, and the void in Mildred's life is soon filled when she takes over babysitting J.J. (Jake Lloyd, the future young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace). J.J. is the son of neighbor… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Charts the transformation of a middle-class suburban widow."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Cassavetes' film reveals that he has a sharp eye for human nature."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"a performance-driven picture--and what driving."
‑ Brandon Judell, Detour Magazine
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