Tumbleweeds Poster

Release Date: December 10th, 1999

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2000

PG-13|1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary
Whenever trouble strikes in one of her relationships, single mother Mary Jo Walker (Janet McTeer) and her daughter, Ava (Kimberly J. Brown), pack up and move to another city, a routine Ava is tiring of. This time, they are helped on their move to San Diego by trucker Jack Ranson (Gavin O'Connor). While Ava settles in, getting a leading part in the school play, Jack starts dating Mary Jo but soon reveals himself to be controlling and aggressive. Mary Jo prepares to flee again, angering Ava.

Cast: Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Gavin O'Connor, Jay O. Sanders, Lois Smith, Laurel Holloman, Michael J. Pollard, Noah Emmerich

Director: Gavin O'Connor

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Solaris, Spanky Pictures, River One Films

Keywords: Heartwarming, Growing up, 1990s, Love, Emotional, Relationships, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

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  • McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer. show more

  • You'll care what happens in this film with more than enough freshness and originality to avoid succumbing to girls-on-the-run cliches. show more

  • Though similar thematically to "Anywhere But Here," Tumbleweeds is a breath of fresh air that busts the cliches of dysfunctional mother-daughter sagas. show more

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Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)