In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.
The story of a struggling mother, her ten children and her boozy, irresponsible husband is a charming, memorable and moving film.
The family is broke and the kids keep coming and Dad isn't bringing home much, and has a strong taste for the drink, what options does a busy mother have? She can't get a job. Married women didn't work back then and with ten children, how could she? Evelyn Ryan, Julianne's character, finds a solution: contesting. Back in the 50's contests were all the rage and if you could write a jingle, had strong alliteration skills, you could be a winner! Never preachy and without a note of false 'triumph' the film is quietly elegant and packs a punch teaching us more about the role of women in that era, the Catholic Church, and dealing with adversity than a dozen Lifetime message movies of the weeks.
Where on earth did this movie hide? If I recall correctly it barely played and was limited to the Art House circuit. Where was the Miramax style campaign that could have easily turned this into a mainstream box office sensation? Was someone asleep at the wheel?
- Aug 26, 2006