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Well, ever since I read about the making of this movie all the way back in the fall of 1998, I've been anxiously awaiting to see this film on the big screen. Being a huge Patty Duke fan and someone who really respects the work of her son, Sean Astin, I couldn't wait to see it. The fact that it's filmed here in Philly helped me want to really see it too.
When I got to meet Ms. Duke while she was filming her Patty Duke reunion tv movie up in Montreal in 12/98, I asked her about this film. She said it was an odd little film, that her son Sean was in. She just had a cameo in it, as the doctor who delivers the baby towards the end of the film, and if you blinked, you'd miss her. She also said that her son called her up begging her to do it because the person originally hired for the part had to bail out at the last minute and they were stuck, and had to shoot it in a few days. Before Sean could go any further, Patty said to him "Honey, now, let's get to the important part: what are they gonna be paying me?!"
She said of her one day on the set that Sean, being the ever so protective son, made everyone stop cursing around the set. Patty then turned to Sean and asked "Does this mean I have to stop cursing too??".
With a great cast including, Sean, Molly Ringwald, Chris Rydell, the ever so handsome Scott Lewis, and Gabrielle Anwar as the title charecter, you can't go wrong, even if it's only on a measly two million dollar budget. Let's just say that you can't tell while watching that it was so low budget.
The only problem I had with it was that it was way too obvious to me who, out of the four men, the father was, since he was presented in a different way than the others a little later in the film.
Laine Kazan is hysterical as Rydell's shrink and of course Patty Duke is brilliant in her 4 minute role as Doctor Feinstenberger (love that name!)
All and all---a beatiful ensemble piece with great direction and an eloquent score!
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