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This is a beautiful tv movie back when they regularly made beautiful tv movies. It is about a widower of two children who meets a single business woman and how they get married. What distinguishes this is a loving, realistic look at loss, marriage, and people being able to go on with their lives. The movie is called Jane's House, Jane being the dead wife. She is almost a character in the movie, represented by her beautiful, warm home which becomes a home of conflict as the children do not take well to a new mom. Most of all, the music is great and so is Anne Archer's performance of an interesting, beautiful woman who unexpectedly falls in love and the sacrifices she makes to help her husband move on with living. Over all, extremely well done.
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some SPOILERS herein: James Woods is good as the gentle, tolerant single
parent of a teen daughter and a young son. His wife of 17 years had died a
year earlier and he was getting along fine, even though his daughter was
getting into the rebellious age. Through a business deal he meets Anne
Archer's character, former tennis star, now sports agent, never married,
never had time for a relationship. Predictably they fall in love, get
married, in the kids' eyes she never quite measures up to deceased mom.
Eventually she accepts herself as stepmom, the children accept her for who
On the positive side, much of the dialog is very realistic. I was a single parent with teenagers when I met my present wife, who had never had any children of her own and had been single for a very long time, so I know the difficulty. But even with its realism, this film does not have anything new to say, and it moves along quite deliberately much of the time. For those reasons I give it a "5" rating, not a bad movie at all, but also nothing to distinguish it from any of the other relationship movies.
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