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
John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The film is based on Angela Shelton's real-life and her experience growing up with her mother, who was erratic and made her move often from one town to the next. See more »
Early in the film, while heading west to Missouri from North Carolina, Mary Jo glances out the driver's window and comments on the beautiful sunrise, which should have been behind the car (east), not to its left (south). See more »
The premise of a film about a mother and 12 year-old daughter on the road is not necessarily attractive to everyone. But this was a refreshing example of the genre, mainly because the director allowed character development. Mother and daughter have characteristics both endearing and infuriating (like all of us; something that Hollywood so often forgets) and, as a result, we're not forced to take sides with one against the other. Rather we find ourselves looking out for opportunities for them to both lead a more stable existence. Inevitably in a film of this nature there must be a great temptation to play on sentimentality and help boost Kleenex sales. But fortunately that doesn't happen; in fact the only tearful moment comes from one of the male characters recounting the loss of his wife. The two leads react well to each other, something which was essential for the film to work.
An entertaining approach to the genre for which the viewer doesn't have to suspend rationality.
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