Unhook the Stars
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Recently widowed Mildred (Gina Rowlands, the mother of the director Nick Cassavetes) is comfortably ensconced in her suburban life. She spends much of her time taking care of her angry, resentful adolescent daughter Ann Mary Margaret (Moira Kelly). One day Mary gets into a fight with her mother and runs away, leaving Mildred all alone until her troubled neighbor Monica (Marisa Tomei) shows up to ask if Mildred will baby-sit her six-year-old son J.J. (Jake Lloyd). Mildred immediately adores the child and soon becomes not only his sitter, but his best friend and substitute doting mom. Once again… 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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