In one moment Anne Deveraux decides to leave her cheating husband, grab her two teenage boys, and set out for somewhere, anywhere else. Did I mention it is the 1950s? Not your typical act for a 50s housewife; which makes it wholly enjoyable and refreshing. The film is full of twists and turns and laughter throughout. This is one road movie where you want to take the ride.
As a sassy, sweet, charming, and hit or miss good mother Renee Zellweger, as Anne Deveraux, lights up the screen. From the way she enters a room to how she describes a TV dinner to her sons, she is absolutely fabulous. Renee gives Anne so much life it is intoxicating. Whether things are looking up or falling down around her she remains poised, beautiful, and full of hope. It is a joy to watch her develop from a woman dependent on men to one who is wholly independent and full of strength. She may not be perfect but she does her best to find a balance the only way she knows how - as a woman.
If you put all of the (grown) men aside the chemistry works in this film because of Anne and her two sons, Robbie and George. There bond is anything but atypical for a family unit and most of their time is spent bickering about what the future holds. The dysfunction only adds to the richness of the story and the banter between all of them is so perfectly timed and acted you would think they were a real family. Then again, that is the point. The chemistry between the three is what makes this movie work, and what gives you that extra special feeling that what you are watching is more than just a movie.
The humor flows so freely in this film you almost forget the serious subject matter that lies within. Renee Zellweger (Anne) adds a level of sophistication to the comedy and each one of her lines is smoothly funny. Not in a direct manner but simply for the way her character's mind works and the circumstances she puts herself and her sons (Robbie and George) in throughout the movie. Be prepared to enjoy yourself with a smile on your face as the adventure unfolds.
Comedy, Period Piece, Romance
August 21, 2009