The script is not without some perceptive observations about family dynamics, but the problematic tone keeps getting in the way. A little absurdist levity in these instances always helps to prevent things from becoming too maudlin, but in Stockman's hands, the played-for-laughs elements in this tragicomedy feel forced rather than organic, ultimately creating an emotional disconnect with the viewer. show more
Sally Field's flawless performance as a mother whose imminent death reunites her four grown children elevates a fairly formulaic melodrama in the made-for-Lifetime mode into something considerably more memorable. show more
Casting choices seem oddly random (only Cavanagh and Nicholson have any familial chemistry). And the humor, which is vital to a movie this inherently grim, falls flat. show more
What sadistic throwback decided this movie about a woman dying of ovarian cancer is a COMEDY???? Whoever did that needs to have his head and his heart examined. This is a good movie, and one which those of us who have participated in a similar experience recognize as TRUE.
Couldn't wait for this one to end. Preachy and disjointed. Old news for most of us anyway. I don't need to be told how we got into the current mess or how to avoid another one and I hope that the rest of America is at least as perceptive as am I. Maybe this script/story was a good idea in it's planning stages, if that was five years ago or more, but it's old news now.
This is a pretty amazing movie that tells the truth about life and death. I had the pleasure of seeing it with a group from the Gilda Radner club in NYC and heard many comments about how true and real this story is. I highly recomend this movie to anyone!