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A Family for Joe (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  25 February 1990 (USA)
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To keep from being separated, four orphans get a homeless maverick to pose as their guardian.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Player ...
Miss Quinn Collins, the Social Worker
David Nelson ...
Mr. George Merkel
Mrs. Annie Brewster
James Hackett ...
Mr. Pete Brewster
Janet MacLachlan ...
Judge Delaney
Richard X. Slattery ...
Old Officer Finney
Robert Casper ...
Mr. Edwards, Nick's Principle
Helena Carroll ...
Mrs. Spruce, Holly's Teacher
Mr. John Reed, Chris's Principle (as Patrick J. Cronin)
John Mitchum ...
Preacher at Elder's Society


To keep from being separated, four orphans get a homeless maverick to pose as their guardian.

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Drama | Comedy





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25 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Regular Joe  »

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A little hokey, but great none the less

Nick, Holly, Chris and Mary are four children who have lost their parents in a traumatic plane crash, and despite being lucky enough to find the caring Brewster family to take care of them, Mary, the youngest, is still mute from the stress and grief and Nick has fallen into a bad crowd of punk kids who smoke weed and steal. The Brewsters regretfully inform the children that they may have to be separated, and Nick comes up with a plan...

The kids have an estranged grandfather, Joe, and they hatch a plan to bring a hobo to fill in for the job (he pretends to be their grandfather). At first the kids don't really trust him much, but as time goes on, he turns out to be the best surrogate grandfather anyone could ever have. He even gets himself a job at a local shipyard and starts cooking food. The problem is, how long will it last before the nosy social worker, Ms. Collins, gets into their plan? And how can Joe keep the kids out of trouble and lay down the rules at the same time?

A Family For Joe got off to a rocky start with me; when the kids read their lines at first it reminded me of a bad 80's sitcom. But as with many good movies, you've gotta watch the whole thing to really appreciate it. The acting was, for the most part, not bad for a TV movie, and Robert Mitchum did an outstanding job in his role as Joe. The soundtrack wasn't exactly memorable, but it fit the plot and didn't get on my nerves the way the soundtrack to the movies Prancer or Not Without My Daughter did. I'd definitely recommend A Family For Joe, preferably if you have kids, it's a good family movie. There is a mention of drugs but not promoting them, in fact it is explaining why drugs are bad, and the only thing close to swearing is the word damn, said once. You might want to watch it yourself first just to be sure, but it's not inappropriate or anything.

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