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One True Thing

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Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, ...

One True Thing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
127 minutes
performer:
William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, Patrick Breen, Lauren Graham, Nicky Katt
director:
Carl Franklin
distributor:
Universal
author:
Karen Croner
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Cancer creeps up quickly on the Guldens of Langhorne, Pa., but that isn’t the biggest dysfunction in the house. Streep’s wacky mom, in a noble performance that earned her an Oscar nomination, is the kind of woman who collects the shards of broken plates to make a mosaic tabletop. Brittle daughter Ellen (Zellweger) thinks her mother is ridiculous and models herself instead after her emotionally distant father (Hurt, in an intense performance) — that is, until Dad makes her come home from New York to starch his shirts and get Mom through chemo. This rental weepie is manipulative, to be sure, but — with its strong cast of actors, the fine pedigree of Anna Quindlen’s 1994 novel, and the sure hand of director Carl Franklin (”Devil in a Blue Dress”) — still a winner.

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