I love the book, read it many times growing up. The movie does not… MoreI love the book, read it many times growing up. The movie does not stay true to its source, which is a real shame as the ending does ruin it.
It's kind of weak as adaptations go, I think it's a little miscast and it hasn't aged very well, either.
Kristy Swanson is an okay Cathy and the grandmother is also effective. The boys fail to convince and the mother is weak (her acting, I mean. Obviously the character is weak).
It is watchable and the story is so horrific it does draw you in.
I know another adaptation has been made and also one of the sequel, so I am very interested to see those and see if they were able to improve on this.
Watched this many, many times over the years. My first Hal Hartley… MoreWatched this many, many times over the years. My first Hal Hartley film, and one of my favourites.
Adrienne Shelley and Martin Donovan are both perfect in their roles.
I just love the style and the understated way the movie is written. Fantastic.
Pretty lame TV movie.
Best thing about it was the opening shots of… MorePretty lame TV movie.
Best thing about it was the opening shots of the cakes. Pity more wasn't made of the baking angle instead of the lame "love triangle" between mother, teenage daughter and douchebag younger boyfriend.
Fails to convince on all levels. And I am not especially demanding in my expectations of a TV movie, either.
Excellent! Got to admit, my attention started to waver in the last… MoreExcellent! Got to admit, my attention started to waver in the last part as I just couldn't figure out what all the stories had to do with each other.
The song is pretty cool and I managed to stick it out to the end.
Glad I did.
Wow, did not see all those tie ins coming right at the end when I thought the movie was actually over.
I loved the story of the book being a scam too, yet all that impact. Awesome.
Little bit disappointing. Had its moments, but wasn't consistently… MoreLittle bit disappointing. Had its moments, but wasn't consistently funny. It was okay, I guess, but I wish I hadn't bought it unseen. I usually like Jennifer Anniston's rom coms.
Re watched 6/15
I still don't like this movie. It's actually fine up until they reach the commune. I like the beginning set in New York. I think it's the setting that doesn't work for me. I don't know people like this and I don't want to.
Okay, I only watched it for the shiba's, but wow, very moving and… MoreOkay, I only watched it for the shiba's, but wow, very moving and emotional film.
I don't usually like movies focusing on kids, but the two here are very likeable and shiba inu's - come on, no more to say!
Apparently based on a true story after a bad earthquake in Japan which devastated a small town. I was literally teary worrying about poor Mari.
Little bit slow in places, and Thomas C Howell really isn't that great… MoreLittle bit slow in places, and Thomas C Howell really isn't that great an actor, but didn't mind this for what it was (straight to DVD movie). Jay Underwood does a good creepy guy and the actresses who play the wife and JoJo are pleasant enough onscreen. The little girl is a bit grating, though.
Wouldn't buy this or seek it out, but free on TV and no complaints.