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Where the Heart Is (1990)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 February 1990 (USA)
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Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group ... See full summary »

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Stewart McBain
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Daphne McBain
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Jean
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Lionel
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Chloe McBain
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Jimmy
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Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group of protesters object to the destruction of one lonely, ugly building, called the Dutch House. Typically, the media is sent to the scene of the protest, and McBain appears on TV in a bad way. His children - Daphne (Thurman), Chloe (Amis), and Jimmy (Hewlett) - ridicule him for appearing on TV, and as a reward for their remarks, he drops them off at the Dutch House with $750 apiece, and tells them they're on their own. They must find jobs if they expect to make money to stay warm. McBain and his wife, Jean watch from afar as their children adapt to their new lifestyle, meeting new friends, and inviting others into their new home, including a decrepit bum. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,106,475 (USA)
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Crispin Glover filmed this movie at the same time Back to the Future Part II (1989) was being shot. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: We're broke, we're desperate, we're hopeless... The fag doesn't pay, the Shit doesn't pay...
Chloe McBain: Don't call him "the fag!"
Daphne McBain: Don't call him "the Shit!"
Shitty: At least I'm "the Shit." You're just A shit.
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Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis)
Written by Margo Timmins and Michael Timmins, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
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"Stone Soup" for the Soul
25 April 2010 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

In this day and age, many people have forgotten what really matters in their lives. Materialism is fleeting, and trying economic times are shining new light on this wonderful cautionary tale of twenty years ago.

The McBains are, like most of us, a product of their times. Not merely a dysfunctional family, but one so immersed in the material world that they've lost sight of what truly matters in their lives. But when it all comes crashing down around their feet, they discover that the loyalty of family and friends reigns supreme.

I consider it wrong to classify this wonderful story as a comedy - it is a drama through and through, despite comedic moments. Though there are moments of coarse language and nudity, they are done tactfully and the movie should probably be re-rated to PG-13. The family learns a hard lesson on what it is to be a family, and people shouldn't be so quick to dismiss it due to its R rating.

The themes are hardly suitable for pre-teens but, all-in-all, a wonderful movie for the entire family.


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