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The second of the three 1990s reunions for "The Waltons" TV series finds
Virginia mountain clan preparing for eldest son John-Boy's wedding in
This time around, the writers wisely avoid trying to give subplots to each
of the now-grown Walton children (most of these former child actors are
much less natural on-camera) and sticks to members of the family who can
carry a story: John-Boy (Richard Thomas), John (Ralph Waite), and Olivia
(Michael Learned). While the wedding preparations are going on, budding
feminist Olivia enrolls in college and finds some prejudice against older
students, while county commissioner John is caught in the middle of a
scandal when he's forced to vote on a project in which the Walton lumber
mill has an interest.
The script is less sappy than the last time-around, but there are also far fewer cameos from all the Waltons' friends and neighbors, which is a bit of a shame. Also, Richard Thomas wears a distracting pageboy hairdo which looks completely out of place for the early 60s, and Michael Learned seems to have lost some of the warmth that made Olivia such a wonderful character in the series (at one point, she refers to a fellow student as a "twit"!). The usually-wonderful Holland Taylor seems out of place on the mountain as the meddling aunt of John-Boy's bride-to-be.
But these are nitpicks. This is a solid effort that will entertain even casual fans of the original series.
What a sad follow-up to a great series. Excellent character studies have been replaced with dumb humor, stereotypes and a messed-up calender. The year should be in the 50s, not the 60s. This date change is unnecessary. The whole college scenes with Olivia are ridiculous. She was such a strong character originally, and in no need of feminist literature to assert independence. John-Boy's hair cut destroys any semblance of a believable time period. Yes, it is that annoying. Currently, I am watching Season 7 on TV Land. It was probably the last good season left in the series (it would, unfortunately, continue for nine, and with a "new" John-Boy). There was great potential for these reunion specials, but they turned into holiday and wedding greeting cards, of the faux-country type.
This movie was a good reunion movie. Although I'd have to say that John-Boy Walton looked way to different than in the series. He looked like something the cat dragged in. As for Olivia Walton, I'd say she looked older than she really was. John Walton looked a little tired in my opinion. He looked like he was getting tired of doing Waltons reunion movies. I barely recognized Judy Norton as Mary Ellen Walton. It just goes to show that not much has changed since the 80's reunion movies. Just one thing I didn't get was why did they have the original cast in the 90's movies and not in the 80's movies. Someone please help me understand the role of Olivia Walton in this movie as opposed to the series. Thank you and God Bless the Waltons. As they say at the end of an episode "Good night".
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