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All You Need (2001)

Beth's life was going backwards. Her husband suddenly walks out on her, she has an alcoholic mother, an ambivalent father and so she decides to begin making a change by going back to school in order to take charge of her life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kayren Butler Kayren Butler ... Faran Sabistan Crenshaw (as Kayren Ann Butler)
Amy Raymond Amy Raymond ... Missy Sabistan Rampley
Kellie Martin ... Beth Sabistan Starnes
Janet Carroll ... Jane Sabistan
Robert Pine ... Earl Sabistan
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Nana Sabistan (as Gloria Le Roy)
Sean Patrick Murphy ... Chuck Starnes
Christopher Shea ... Roger Crenshaw
Jeff Werner Jeff Werner ... Todd Rampley (as Jeff Robert Werner)
Dylan Cash ... Dylan Rampley (as Dylan Joseph Cash)
Amanda Fein ... Courtney Rampley
Caitlin Fein ... Courtney Rampley
Ellington Ratliff ... Robbie Crenshaw
Caleb Wesdell Caleb Wesdell ... Taylor Crenshaw
Mary Jo Catlett ... Ruth
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Beth's life was going backwards. Her husband suddenly walks out on her, she has an alcoholic mother, an ambivalent father and so she decides to begin making a change by going back to school in order to take charge of her life.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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O Holy Night
English words by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited), French lyrics by Placide Cappeau (uncredited) and music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
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A good film with some standout performances.
23 April 2002 | by movie lover in LASee all my reviews

All You Need is the story of Beth Sabistan, best described as a woman in search of her 'self'. It sends the message that, no matter what your family or personal circumstances may be, YOU are, in fact, all you need to be happy and fulfilled in life.

Though the film is adequately written and directed, its most distinguishing features are the performances of several of the actors. Kellie Martin does quite a respectable job of portraying Beth Sabistan, a young woman who discovers, through the trials and tribulations of her family, that she alone controls her destiny. I found her performance to be quite real and empathetic. Robert Pine as Earl Sabistan, Beth's somewhat bumbling though lovable father, is a treat. He brings to this rather bland character a certain 'spice', though to find out just which one, you'll have to see the film for yourself... He also manages to make Earl a three-dimensional person, though the character seems to have been written as nothing more than a foil.

Far and away, the best performance of this film comes from Janet Carroll as Jane Sabistan, Beth's manipulative, sometimes despicable, yet thoroughly sympathetic alcoholic mother. Janet's ability to bring this minor, yet pivotal character to vivid life is nothing short of fabulous! She absolutely steals the show. One of her most moving scenes is one in which we never see her at all. We simply hear her voice. But in that voice, in that brief few seconds is an expression of thirty or forty years of repressed frustration, anger, and passion that rips at your very soul.

Perhaps the best sequence in the entire film comes near the end, as we experience the absolute terror Jane feels as her daughters try to confront her alcoholism head on. Janet's portrayal of this intensely emotional moment is so visceral I found myself shaking and short of breath one moment, and in tears, feeling abject pity the next. I was definitely on the edge of my seat, hoping for all hope that Jane would triumph. The following scene was a bit of a let down, but was, unfortunately, rather realistic.

If you can find no other reason to see this film, go simply for the thrill of experiencing the kind of performance that comes once in a blue moon. Though Jane's appearances are short and segmented, Janet Carroll brings an intensity of emotion, and subtlety of innuendo to this rather pathetic character that makes those short moments worthwhile. Again I say, Janet absolutely steals the show.


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