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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy will sign away custody. Things don't go quite to plan however.. Written by
Central to Immediate Family (1989) was the delicate and complicated relationship that develops between the Spectors and Lucy (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Sam (Kevin Dillon). Director Jonathan Kaplan said: "When these characters meet, they're all at very low points in their lives. They belong to two very different cultures, and there's a twenty year age difference. While the Spectors appear to have everything that Lucy wants including security and stability, she has the ability to do what they cannot: She can create life. Screenwriter Barbara Benedek noted: "You have to love someone to think that they could raise your child. And, correspondingly, you have to love someone to bring them into your family". Producer Midge Sanford added: "I believe that people will feel very torn about the situation. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Spectors could have what they so desperately want? But isn't it sad that Lucy's circumstances are such that she may not be able to keep this baby right now in her life?". See more »
"Glenn Close and James Woods are Michael and Linda Spector, a mature, successful couple who have everything it takes to be parents except a baby. Mary Stuart Masterson and Kevin Dillon are Lucy and Sam, a teenage couple who have a baby on the way but aren't ready to be parents. Director Jonathan Kaplan and screenwriter Barbara Benedek mix laughter and tears in this funny, uplifting look at two very different couples who unexpectedly find a common bond and ultimately bring out the best in each other. Dazzling, funny performances bring a touching humanity to this slice-of-life comedy with a big heart."
The above synopsis, trimmed of its references to Academy Awards and cast credits, is how it appears on video sleeves from Columbia Pictures. But, "Immediate Family" is not a "slice-of-life comedy" with "funny performances." Perhaps they are referring to a couple of scenes where family dog "Ellen" wrestles with Ms. Close or, maybe it's the abundance of bratty kids on screen. The misbehaving youngsters are there to show viewers Close and Mr. Wood really, REALLY want a child. Both they and the donating couple are so sweet and huggable, you just know they will make wise decisions for little William or Andrew...
****** Immediate Family (10/27/89) Jonathan Kaplan ~ Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon
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