This funny and uplifting romantic comedy features outstanding performances from Juliette Lewis (ENOUGH), Diane Keaton (HANGING UP, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB), and Tom Skerritt (CONTACT) in a great star-packed cast! Even though Carla (Lewis) has grown into a very capable young woman, her nervous mother (Keaton) still has a major meltdown when Carla announces she's in love for the first time! So as Carla and her new boyfriend (Giovanni Ribisi, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) set out to experience all of life's great adventures, they're also out to prove that Carla has earned her independence! The latest big-screen favorite from Garry Marshall, the acclaimed director of PRETTY WOMAN and RUNAWAY BRIDE -- you're sure to cheer this feel-good treat!
I REALLY CONNECTED WITH THE CHARACTERS IN THIS MOVIE, MOSTLY BECAUSE MY FAMILY SITUATION IS VERY MUCH LIKE THE TATE'S. MY YOUNGER SISTER (SHE'S NOT SO YOUNG ANYMORE, TURNING 26 IN AUGUST) IS MILDLY MENTALLY RETARDED AND REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF CARLA. THROUGHOUT MOST OF HER LIFE, MY PARENTS TRIED TO PROTECT HER FROM THE WORLD, TERRIFIED THAT SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN TO HER IF THEY GAVE HER TOO MUCH FREEDOM. AND AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, IT PUT A LOT OF STRAIN ON THEIR RELATIONSHIP. I THINK MY DAD BLAMED HIMSELF FOR MY SISTER'S DISABILITY, AND OF COURSE IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT, NOT ANYONE'S FAULT - GOD JUST HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR HER - SO HE MADE A PROMISE TO HIMSELF THAT HE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF HER, ALWAYS PROTECT HER. BUT WHILE SHE WAS, AND STILL IS, VERY CHILDLIKE, SHE BEGAN TO WANT TO DO THINGS FOR HERSELF, WANTED TO BE MORE INDEPENDENT, AND THAT CAUSED A LOT OF PROBLEMS BETWEEN HER AND MY MOM. MY MOM FINALLY CONVINCED MY FATHER THAT THEY SHOULD AT LEAST TRY TO GIVE HER SOME FREEDOM, LET HER LEAD A SOMEWHAT NORMAL LIFE AS AN ADULT, SO HE AGREED TO BUILD HER A SMALL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT NEXT TO MY HOUSE.
HE FINALLY LET GO (A LITTLE), AND MY SISTER HAS BEEN LIVING ON HER OWN FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS NOW. SHE FINALLY HAS HER INDEPENDENCE, AND MY PARENTS FEEL SECURE KNOWING THAT SHE IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO ME SO I CAN HELP HER IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. SINCE MY SISTER MOVED OUT OF THEIR HOUSE, THEY HAVE BEEN SPENDING MUCH MORE TIME TOGETHER, GOING ON TRIPS, HAVING FUN, AND DOING ALL OF THE OTHER SORTS OF THINGS THAT PARENTS WITH GROWN CHILDREN SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO. DON'T GET ME WRONG, THIS DIDN'T SOLVE ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS, BUT IT DID BRING US ALL CLOSER TOGETHER - RATHER THAN ARGUING EVERY TIME WE ARE IN THE SAME ROOM, WE ENJOY EACH OTHER'S COMPANY AND CHERISH THE MOMENTS WE HAVE TOGETHER.
SO, I GUESS THAT'S WHY I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE. THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED IT, I WAS AMAZED AT HOW MUCH CARLA'S FAMILY WAS LIKE MY OWN (EXCEPT THAT HER MOM WAS THE PROTECTOR AND HER DAD WANTED TO GIVE HER FREEDOM), AND IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER KNOWING THAT THERE WERE OTHER FAMILIES OUT THERE THAT KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WE HAD GONE THROUGH FOR SO LONG. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE WHO HAS, OR KNOWS SOMEONE WITH A MENTALLY CHALLENGED FAMILY MEMBER, SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE. AND IF YOU DON'T FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY, WATCH IT ANYWAY!