By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated August 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
  • Movie

Meg Ryan might best be known as the queen of ’90s rom-coms, but now she’s got a new title: director.

The actress has stepped behind the camera to helm her first feature film, Ithaca, a coming-of-age drama that first debuted at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia last year.

Ryan also stars in the film as a recently widowed mother raising her children in the midst of World War II.

In an exclusive sneak peek from Ithaca, Ryan’s onscreen son Homer (Alex Neustaedter) takes a job as a telegraph messenger in the hopes of supporting his mom after his eldest brother is drafted to fight in the war.

As Homer laments having to deliver a telegram to a woman about her son’s death, Ryan’s character tells him, “Everything is all right Homer, it’s only that you are becoming aware of the world in which you’ve been a child.”

Ithaca hits theaters Sept. 9.


  • Movie
  • PG
  • 96 minutes
  • Meg Ryan