Over a year after bit actress Liz Woodward leaves him at the altar, comedy writer Gene Maxwell is still having trouble dealing with the situation and his life. Writing "Fear Knot", a novel ... See full summary »
Down River is the emotionally stirring story of three young women teetering on the edge between creative breakthroughs and personal breakdowns, and their connection with the older woman they rely on for guidance, support and inspiration.
Over a year after bit actress Liz Woodward leaves him at the altar, comedy writer Gene Maxwell is still having trouble dealing with the situation and his life. Writing "Fear Knot", a novel about letting go of one's fears to be able to tie the knot, which he obviously wrote for Liz but which she has yet to read, probably didn't help. Unexpectedly, Liz, who he has not seen since that day, returns with an unusual request: help her father, Malcolm Woodward, move from his dingy basement suite into an apartment, as she has a movie assignment in Prague during when he has to move. After initially feeling the request unreasonable considering the circumstances, Gene agrees on what he considers compassionate grounds for Malcolm. Through it all, Gene has to deal with: what he thinks Liz's return means, which he, deep in his heart, hopes is a reconciliation; the advice of his overbearing parents, George and Gisha, and of his best friend, dance instructor Herbert; and cantankerous ex-pat Brit ... Written by
Jennifer Beals was hired to play the role of Liz Woodward. When she noticed she was unable to do the job because a schedule conflict, she personally recommended to the producers and director her friend Elizabeth Berkley. See more »
I was prompted to write a review of Moving Malcom after reading a rather scathing assessment by another viewer. I don't know if he had ulterior motives about the review that he had written but I would hate to think that people would be steered away from watching this film based on his opinion. My opinion ...... Well I'll be right upfront about it and say that my opinion is heavily biased by the fact that I have not seen Benji Ratner for twenty-some years and was pleasantly surprised to see how well he has "turned out".
Moving Malcom is not your everyday Hollywood flick but instead it is a refreshing look at life. I often look for movies that are based on a true story and while this one may not be completely factual it does have a theme similar to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Perhaps the fact that the actors seem to gel very well as a team is probably due to the fact that Benjamin has worked with a handful of them on numerous other projects. For a first-time director Benjamin has done very well by surrounding himself with an excellent cast and crew. If one takes the time to view the "Behind the scenes" section on the DVD it is very evident that he is not on an actor-director ego trip by the way he receives advice from many people during the filming.
Thanks to IMDb I will now be able to seek out other films starring Benjamin Ratner and be equally entertained!
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