Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that...
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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy will sign away custody. Things don't go quite to plan however..Written by
For the pivotal role of Linda Spector, the production team set its sights on actress Glenn Close, who had previously collaborated with director Lawrence Kasdan and screenwriter Barbara Benedek on the 1983 Columbia hit The Big Chill (1983). Close said: "I liked the idea of getting back to a basically sympathetic role. Having come off Fatal Attraction (1987) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988), I wanted to do something on the healing side of life. Immediate Family (1989) is a movie about two couples who try their best to make some extremely difficult decisions. They know that whatever they decide, they're going to have to live with it for the rest of their lives". See more »
Wonderfully written, realistic portrayal of adoption's difficulty
I happened upon this on television. I remember when it was released in the theaters, but as a single man, it hadn't exactly been my cup of tea.
Well, it's wonderful. The portrayal of the two couples is so very well written, so believable, so realistic, so interesting. The acting is simply superb - these actors make these people so sympathetic, so real.
How wonderfully written this is. There's nothing formulaic about the way these people speak, the way they smile at each other, the small jokes they make, how they move and interact, the awkwardnesses that arise or dissipate, the unspoken sense of threat. Each character seems quite individual.
I can't single out any one actor - they were all just wonderful. I'm nowhere close to this situation - yet I was very moved. One thing I loved was simply showing how these two couples related to each other - and the different ways they express warmth toward one another.
The only things I disliked were the excessive use of music - (the fact that I'm not a fan of Van Morrison hurt) it felt like padding. I also thought the ending was somewhat pat.
All in all, this is really top notch - it shows what talent can do - even where you've no intrinsic interest in the subject.
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