After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

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Richard Loncraine

Writer:

Charlie Peters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Anne Devereaux
Logan Lerman ... George Devereaux
Kevin Bacon ... Dan Devereaux
Troy Garity ... Becker
David Koechner ... Bill Massey
J.C. MacKenzie ... Tom
Eric McCormack ... Charlie
Chris Noth ... Dr. Harlan Williams
Molly C. Quinn ... Paula (as Molly Quinn)
Mark Rendall ... Robbie
Nick Stahl ... Bud
Phoebe Strole ... Wendy
Steven Weber ... Wallace McAllister
Robin Weigert ... Hope
Dan John Miller ... Car Salesman #1
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After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

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An almost perfect portrait of a family comedy


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The story is based on the life of George Hamilton's mother. See more »

Goofs

The action of the movie is supposed to occur in the summer of 1953. In one scene a Greyhound Scenicruiser bus is shown leaving a bus terminal. The Scenicruiser did not enter production until 1954. See more »

Quotes

Bill Massey: As a man, there's only one thing you need to know about a woman.
George Devereaux: What's that?
Bill Massey: They're never the right temperature.
George Devereaux: No?
Bill Massey: Something to do with their plumbing. Reproduction. Whatever reason, most of the time... they're either too hot or too cold. Mostly too cold. So what you have to do... is carry a sweater or a jacket or something with you at all times. Something you can keep in the trunk of your car... or in your closet at work... for when their thermostat gets messed up.
George Devereaux: What else?
Bill Massey: That's it. Once ...
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Crazy Credits

During the movie, we see Robbie doing cross stitch many times. At the end of the movie, we see Ann sitting in a chair, finishing the same cross stitch of their entire adventure, with "THE END." This goes right into the credits, which are done entirely in cross stitch. See more »

Connections

References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Hot Rod
Written by Robert Shad (as R. Shad)
Performed by Julian Dash
Published by Molique Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Mainstream / Sittin' In With Records
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Entertaining family snapshot of an era
25 November 2012 | by winner55See all my reviews

This is in many ways a fascinating movie. It is certainly entertaining and moves quite well, and everybody puts their best into it. (The "making of" featurette on the DVD is a wonderful look into the making of a higher budgeted 'indie' movie by the way.) But there is one serious flaw to the film, and that is Renée Zellweger's performance. Whenever the character undergoes pressure, she gets all wobbly and quirky, like a character actor playing a supporting role - but she's not only the lead, she's what the picture is all about, so this is definitely a flaw that threatens to derail the whole project.

Fortunately, it doesn't. First, of course, everyone else in the picture submits wonderful performances. Logan Lerman is a marvelous young actor who strikes chemistry with practically everyone he interacts with. And the film is really beautiful to look at, and filled with pleasantly eccentric characters, in situations highly evocative of the era in which they occur, the 1950s.

Secondly, part of the problem with Zellweger's performance may have to do with the character herself. Although she fancies herself a Deep-South Southern Belle, deserving of the better things in life, once we meet her sister we realize that she really comes from the mid-South commercial class, and that her attitude of entitlement is a self-delusion. She is thus out of touch with her own life, and in need of review of her identity. On the other hand, her desperate search for a husband to support her has a realistic edge - the '50's America was not kind to single moms. The question thus becomes whether the inner struggles involved in her effort to survive repeated crises is well presented. I'm not sure it is, but not from want of trying on Ms. Zellweger's part. It may be that the core of the character is really hard to define.

Otherwise, I have no trouble recommending this often amusing, insightful glimpse into a complex family during an era of change. It may have no more weight than an old family snapshot of the era, but it is as telling and well-developed a snapshot as one could wish.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My One and Only See more »

Filming Locations:

Belen, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,692, 23 August 2009

Gross USA:

$2,479,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,167,681
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2.35 : 1
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