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Hannah is so tight with her money that she takes her son, Donnie, to the charity ward a week after he hurts his leg. But she has always hoarded her money since her late husband wasted most of it and now she plans to save it for Donnie. But when Donnie graduates from Princeton, he does not want to go into banking at Hannah's bank, he wants to be a writer, which upsets Hannah. But the greatest blow of all comes when Donnie meets the daughter of the man who jilted Hannah 30 years before. Written by
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On the surface, this appears to be the story of Hannah, a female Scrooge, based on a true person.
It's really the story of Kate and the doctor, as they see the events unravel before their eyes.
That is good, because Kate and the doctor are the characters we can identify with. We study the mystery of Hannah's hate with them.
So it isn't important what the facts of Hannah's life are, and why she lets her hatred destroy her relationship with her only child, the only person she cares for.
What is important is that this is the story of Kate and the doctor trying to learn why Hannah has this hate, because they are interested in free health and dental clinics. That's why they are the true main characters here. Much as Hawkeye Pierce, Bronco Lane, and the Virginian are the main characters in their TV shows, this is a movie in which the main characters are the sane observers, representing the "Everyman" while the story revolves around a "guest star" with issues.
Hannah definitely has "issues". The film does a good job of developing the story, and giving us the romance angle of her son and the daughter of the man she hates.
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