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'All About My Mother' Matches:

All About My Mother

  • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
  • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
  • Production Level ▶ Polished
  • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
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The Help (2011)

I just caught up with The Help, after it earned $169 million at the American box office, and scored four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It's also the thirteenth highest grossing movie of the year, and the #1 movie of the year that's not a sequel, prequel, remake or franchise of some kind. Here are some quick thoughts. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Production Level ▶ Polished

The Help (2011)

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  • With: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Eleanor Henry, Emma Henry, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Brian Kerwin, Mary Steenburgen
  • Written by: Tate Taylor, based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett
  • Directed by: Tate Taylor
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material
  • Running Time: 146 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/08/2011
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The Blind Side (2009)

In 2002, screenwriter John Lee Hancock (A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) directed a G-rated baseball movie, produced at Disney and based on a true story: The Rookie. It sounded like a pile of guck, and I nearly skipped it, but it turned out to be a very graceful, emotionally vivid film that eventually became my all-time favorite baseball movie. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved

The Blind Side (2009)

100.0% Match

  • With: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Lily Collins, Jae Head, Ray McKinnon
  • Written by: John Lee Hancock
  • Directed by: John Lee Hancock
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references
  • Running Time: 128 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/16/2009
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Field of Dreams (1989)

Anyone who loves their father or baseball -- or both -- will find it difficult -- no, impossible -- to resist this hokey, wonderful film. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
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Field of Dreams (1989)

100.0% Match

  • With: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Frank Whaley
  • Written by: Phil Alden Robinson, based on the book by W.P. Kinsella
  • Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/20/1989
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Hoosiers (1986)

More than any other sports movie, Hoosiers milks the "David vs. Goliath" thing nearly to death and still gets away with it. Barely a single frame of this movie is less than compelling. Perhaps that's because of Gene Hackman's brilliant performance as the blacklisted coach who takes the only job he can get -- on a flyspeck team in the middle of cornpatch, Indiana. Director David Anspaugh keeps the basketball scenes exciting and gets creditable performances out of Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper in supporting roles. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Boldness ▶ Bold, aggressive, unrepressed, cathartic or expressive actions

Hoosiers (1986)

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  • With: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley, Fern Parsons, Chelcie Ross, Robert Swan, Michael O'Guinne, Wil Dewitt, John Robert Thompson
  • Written by: Angelo Pizzo
  • Directed by: David Anspaugh
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/13/1986
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Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

I have a movie rule called the "dead-baby rule." In any film, if someone dies, and then a baby is born at the end of the movie to symbolize the circle of life, I don't wanna hear about it. This is a cheap way of getting audience sympathy without actually having to work for it by creating interesting characters or dramatic tension. (An amendment to this rule is that terminal diseases are also a copout). I expected at any moment in Moonlight and Valentino for a character to get pregnant, or get a terminal disease and die. But as the movie started rolling, a strange thing happened. I started getting involved in the characters. I began laughing at Whoopi Goldberg's antics (something I haven't done in a very long time, as this talented actress has a knack for choosing very bad scripts). Characters that I thought would be one-dimensional began growing other dimensions. In the end, the goopy stuff was kept to a minimum, and the interesting character development won out. read more...
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Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

99.0% Match

  • With: Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Shadia Simmons, Erica Luttrell, Matthew Koller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kathleen Turner, Jon Bon Jovi, Josef Sommer, Scott Wickware, Peter Coyote
  • Written by: Ellen Simon, based on her play
  • Directed by: David Anspaugh
  • MPAA Rating: R for brief strong language
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/28/1995
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