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  • Summary: Living in rural America, The Kimbrough family is a normally odd bunch; Easy, the patriarch, owns a butcher shop and finds himself grieving over the loss of his wife, Ceci, while hiding a secret ongoing relationship for years; Beagle, his youngest son who was left to care for his ailingLiving in rural America, The Kimbrough family is a normally odd bunch; Easy, the patriarch, owns a butcher shop and finds himself grieving over the loss of his wife, Ceci, while hiding a secret ongoing relationship for years; Beagle, his youngest son who was left to care for his ailing mother, works in the local high school cafeteria by day but has a burning passion inside that manifests itself through painting street signs; and the eldest son, Guy, has been away pursuing his musical aspirations. Upon Guy’s return home, the complex nature of each character unravels; Beagle’s pent up emotions connect with Georgia Kaminski, a terminally ill teenage girl wanting to experience love before it’s too late; Easy’s long time affair with Marg, Georgia’s eccentric grandmother, is exposed to the Kimbrough family; and Guy discovers that, in his absence, his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, has moved on and started a family of her own. Through it all, The Kimbroughs and Kaminski’s manage to establish a new beginning in the face of their greatest fears; truthfulness, intimacy, the afterlife, and family. (57th & Irving Productions) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 75
    Masterson, like many actors, is an assured director even in her debut; working with her brother Pete as cinematographer, she creates a spell and a tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go.
  2. 75
    With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen "The Jerry Springer Show") and often endearing.
  4. Superior acting elevates a small, overcrowded ensemble piece set in rural upstate New York into something a little deeper and truer than the mawkish disease-of-the-week movie it threatens to become.
  5. This is not, frankly, a movie you'll remember long after you see it. But it has just enough moments of genuine intimacy to indicate that Masterson ought to give directing another try.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    There's no kind of wonderful in Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, yet however slight her ensemble drama--about two distressed families in the Rockwellian framings of time-forgotten rural America--maybe, it's at least convincing in its genuine sweetness.
  7. Jayce Bartok--who plays Stanford's irresponsible musician brother--wrote the screenplay, whose central story of doomed young love gets lost amid the overplotting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. May 8, 2012
    10
    Kind of strange movie, with a lot of dull charakters, but Kristen Stewart is just great in it, she "carries it out of the darkness into the light" ;)
  2. javads
    May 16, 2009
    8
    This movie was wonderful. I really liked it , i was kind of immersed in the storyline, three different love stories related to three This movie was wonderful. I really liked it , i was kind of immersed in the storyline, three different love stories related to three different life periods. the all cast was amazing, especially Kristen Stewart and Aaron Stanford. Expand
  3. JayH
    Mar 22, 2009
    4
    This movie bored me to death. It's filled with characters I couldn't care less about or what happens to them. I just wanted to This movie bored me to death. It's filled with characters I couldn't care less about or what happens to them. I just wanted to movie to end. Painfully slow. The acting is mixed. Jumbled direction. Skip dessert this time. Expand
  4. LeifD
    Apr 14, 2009
    3
    Kristen Stewart delivers a compelling performance as a terminally ill teen is this otherwise lackluster film. Stewart's portrayal is Kristen Stewart delivers a compelling performance as a terminally ill teen is this otherwise lackluster film. Stewart's portrayal is first rate and deserving of award nominations but will likely be overlooked due to the overall reception of this sleeper. Apart from Stewart's character, everyone else in the film remains two dimensional and uninteresting, never earning the respect of the audience or even the other characters. Expand
  5. MM
    Apr 21, 2009
    0
    The WORST movie I've seen in a long time! We laughed all the way through it and it's not a comedy. The eating scenes ... I mean ALL The WORST movie I've seen in a long time! We laughed all the way through it and it's not a comedy. The eating scenes ... I mean ALL scenes were eating scenes and were just nauseating. Bruce Dern even dropped scrambled eggs out of his mouth while talking at breakfast. Everything was awkward - the camera angles were terrible during the "love" scene. The "meat" references were plentiful and we even thought some savvy film crew member added some secret "getting your meat on" messages via refrigerator magnets at the end of the movie. YUCK! The whole movie was terrible and grossed me out! Note: You don't need eating or nauseating awkward sex scenes in EVERY scene if you have a plot to the movie! I can't think of one redeeming feature of this movie, except we got to laugh in derision throughout. Laughing is good for you, they say. Expand