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Lydia Blessing is an elderly lady living on a farm which used to have
and still has apple trees. At the start of the movie, after a flashback
a tragedy in her past which is explained later, Lydia fires an employee
has not been doing a very good job, at least in her opinion. She drives
herself into town in a 1965 Cadillac that has seen better days, and when
needs a jump-start, Skip is there to help. Lydia hires him on the spot,
refusing to call him by a nickname once she finds out his given name is
Charles. However, she does not know he has just gotten out of jail.
feisty and cynical Korean maid Jennifer realizes who Skip is and knows
his past. But Jennifer won't tell, and even when Lydia does find out, she
A couple leaves a baby outside the room where Skip is staying. skip, having been sent to live with a foster family as a child, refuses to let the same thing happen to this baby. He won't even tell Lydia, though Lydia eventually finds out and reluctantly agrees to help.
There are several flashbacks to Lydia's past, with good music and a mix of happy times and tragedy. The first half of the movie is enjoyable as a whole, but certain events make the second half harder to enjoy, though things do get better. It's not all happy, but neither is real life.
I thought Mary Tyler Moore made a wonderful old lady. This is a role unlike any that I have ever seen her in (though I haven't seen 'The Gin Game'), and she came across as kindly but quirky. And she really did look like she was in her 80s. Liam Waite was great as Skip, who did a great job with the baby despite having no idea what he was doing. I liked the chemistry between Skip and Lydia. Janaya Stephens was also good as young Lydia, and I liked the cop as well.
Overall, this was good.
I really did enjoy "Blessings". It is extremely touching to say the lease. The well picked cast of Mary Tyler Moore, Liam Waite (Ralph Waite's son of The Waltons), and Kathleen Quinlan make the entire story come alive. The film is family orientated and would be great to view as a family during the Christmas Holiday Season. The characters become one as a family and mutual love is expressed to each other to help them become closer. Often times we don't see what is on the inside unless we see what is on the outside first. This is such a movie. Life teaches all sorts of lessons to help us learn from one another. It is a moving experience in loving your neighbor and learning how to be kinder to one another. I have tried to locate this little gem, but haven't had any luck whatsoever. You can be sure if it comes on again, I will definitely have my VCR ready to record.
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