A high school senior must choose between enrolling at the college of her dreams and remaining at home to take care of her bipolar mother.A high school senior must choose between enrolling at the college of her dreams and remaining at home to take care of her bipolar mother.A high school senior must choose between enrolling at the college of her dreams and remaining at home to take care of her bipolar mother.
When the film begins, Beth (Madison Davenport) is a very successful high school senior...so successful that she actually has some amazing options for college...Northwestern as well as UCLA. While she really wants to go to UCLA, there is a problem. Her mother, Gloria (Taryn Manning), has a mental illness and can barely care for herself. In many ways, she acts and thinks like a child. Naturally, there's a lot of pressure on Beth to stay home and attend Northwestern...which seems like a nice option (after all, it's a great school). However, will Beth ever be able to have a life of her own--let alone pick the college of her choice? After all, she cannot be Gloria's parent forever...and that's exactly what she faces unless something changes. Sadly, the change that comes is not for the good, as a mix up in medications sends Gloria completely over the edge...and Beth can no longer pretend everything will just work out...somehow.
I loved the theme of the film. Part of it is because it is rather unique and part of it is because I used to be a psychotherapist and thought Manning's performance as a Bipolar mother was terrific and compelling. Plus, no one ever seems to talk about the kids of these folks. My only reservations come because the film sometimes has too many plots...such as Beth's love life and, more importantly, the unrealistic side story involving the incredibly malevolent daughter of Gloria's psychiatrist. All these stories, while very interesting, are perhaps too much for one film. Still, with some terrific acting, a socially important subject as well as a story that really sucks you in, it's a film I recommend you see. Plus, there's a good chance you might know someone like Beth or Gloria...and it's nice that this sort of thing is coming out of the shadows.
- May 1, 2016