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Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also telling them about the generations of their family, the Sinclairs, dating back to their time in slavery before the the Civil War. Written by
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I don't know how she's going to recognize me. She thinks somebody else is her own dead mother.
Oh, yeah? Maybe somethin' come back if she more of ya.
Dad, how many times we got to talk about this? I'm not moving back to Mississippi.
But your roots are here.
You taught me that my roots are here.
[pause, looks at the checkerboard]
Whose move is it? You always do this. Why do you always start talking and then you...
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This movie begins in a Chicago ghetto, where Loretta is frankly doing a miserable job as a person and as a mother of two. As a last resort they drop in on her uncle in Mississippi for the summer, and his restaurant called "Just Chicken". From that point the real journey begins, accompanied by a few false starts, but accomplishing a wonderful transformation of not only Loretta's immediate family, but also the others they touch. It *is* a feel-good movie, but one that works well without becoming overly sappy. It's a good story, well-acted and well-directed, and will be enjoyed by anyone who shares traditional family values.
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