Unhook The Stars (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

France/USA, 1996.  Hachette Première, , Sheen/Michaels Entertainment.  Screenplay by , Nick Cassavetes.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Phedon Papamichael.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gena Rowlands is excellent as a lonely, aging widow who is having trouble keeping her misfit daughter (Moira Kelly) out of trouble. Marisa Tomei is equally effective as a loudmouthed, messed up mother of a little boy (Jake Lloyd, pre-Star Wars fame) who befriends Rowlands after asking her to be a temporary babysitter. The job soon becomes permanent, and the two women get to be very good friends. Gerard Depardieu also stars in this extremely good-natured drama that lacks bite but has genuine heart. The film was directed by newcomer Nick Cassavetes, Rowlands’ real-life son.

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Gena Rowlands); Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1996

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