A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom...
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A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her weirdo boss. Meanwhile, the daughter, used to making the constant shifts, finds a fit at school including getting chosen for a play lead. Written by
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Mary Jo is a four time divorcee traveling around the country with her more astute daughter, Ava (after Ava Gardner) trying to find that elusive man that will settled her down in the affecting but poorly conceived film, "Tumbleweeds". When she does find that man, Dan, she concludes you can't 'date' a man who is also a good friend. We are somehow suppose to believe this whole charade about a seemingly wholesome mother who is operating on less than a full deck because of her poor Southern upbringing. We should feel sorry for her because she can't help relieving herself beside the road when it seems convenient nor when she leaves one man after another because they can't seem to appreciate her good hearted nature. We should enjoy the hilarity of Mary Jo playing with tampons with her recently menstruating daughter or seeing her teach her daughter French kissing with an apple or brushing boyfriend Jack's teeth with her fingers and guzzling it down with beer. But deep down, "Tumbleweeds" is a film that looks as cheap as poor Mary Jo. The film overplays the abusive way men behave toward women (can you imagine the resurrected Michael J. Pollard of "Bonnie and Clyde" as the creepy lecherous boss) and the lack of any social refinement from what we think as 'poor white trash'. The only redeeming quality of this film is the steadfast loving relationship between daughter and mother (played by Kimberly Brown and Janet McTeer with such genuine warmth). "Tumbleweeds" is nothing more than another version of "Beverly Hillbillies" except there is no black gold at the end of this rainbow.
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