Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Russell Girl

MOVIE REVIEW

The Russell Girl:
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie starring Amber Tamblyn (General Hospital) and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice)


CAST:

Amber Tamblyn ... Sarah Russell
Jennifer Ehle ... Lorainne Morrisey
Paul Wesley ... Evan Carroll
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Gayle Russell
Tim DeKay ... Tim Russell
Daniel Clark ... Daniel Russell
Henry Czerny ... Howard Morrisey
Ben Lewis ... Jon Morrisey
Max Morrow ... Rick Morissey







PLOT:

from Hallmark-

Sarah Russell's (Amber Tamblyn) rare visit from Chicago to her small hometown is a welcome surprise to her parents (Mastrantonio and DeKay), her 21-year-old brother, Daniel (Daniel Clark), and her former boyfriend, Evan (Paul Wesley).

Sarah decides to withhold the true reason for her homecoming after an old conflict resurfaces during an uncomfortable encounter with Lorraine Morrisey (Ehle), who lives across the street from the Russells with her husband, Howard (Henry Czerny), and two teen-aged boys (Ben Lewis, Max Morrow).

Sarah's sudden presence has a debilitating effect on Lorraine, who rebuffs Sarah's attempts to make amends. However, Sarah musters the courage to keep trying, knowing that she must finally deal with her past as a means of being able to face her future. It takes time for Lorraine to put the past behind her and to grasp that forgiving Sarah will not only ease Sarah's burden but also her own.





Movie Review:

**SPOILER ALERT**

Hallmark should work out a deal with Puffs Kleenex.... it's another mysterious tearjerker. The movie is intriguing as you try to piece together Sarah Russell and (neighbor) Lorainne Morrisey mysterious actions. Eventually it is revealed that Sarah Russell used to babysit for the Morrisey children next door, and their baby girl accidentally fell down the basement steps to her death, while in Sarah's care.

Sarah and Lorainne learn to forgive themselves and each other... releasing their burden of guilt and helping one another, especially now since Sarah is facing her own illness, and is scared to tell her parents. Lorainne and Sarah, eventually, help each other heal through these tragic events and memories. This movie may be rather sad, but also very helpful to those who have lost a child or loved one.


See or Skip:

See, as it is a very moving film. Not suitable for children, but may be helpful to those who are grieving and those who are dealing with unforgiveness.

12 comments:

  1. Pretty corny and highly unlikely the mom would jump from mental illness one moment to rational problem solver the next. And why would a buyer for Macy's wear such tacky, drab clothes as Tamblyn's character did?

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    1. Really?!! The Russell Girl is about emotional healing, forgiveness and dealing with tragedy (loss of a child). You comment on clothing style! You are obviously a very "surface" type person and lack insight of human loss & suffering. Get a clue! The movie is a well produced and touching film. I give it 5-stars.

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    2. The Russell Girl is a moving film depicting real life situations covering loss, tragedy, healing, forgiveness, coping and overcoming challenges. Bravo to Hallmark but Boo to the previous anonymous reply about the comments made about the clothing worn by one of the characters. Viewer obviously doesn't have a clue, has not experienced loss or is totally a surface type person. Bravo Hallmark! And Boo to this inept short sighted viewer! Get a clue and leave the ignorant remarks private.

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    3. aren't you mature. boo a person because they don't have the same opinion about a film as you do. You assume they lack depth, but perhaps they just needed it to be believable. I had the same problem with the film. We had a smart young future med student babysitting a toddler, and she left the basement door wide open with the kid rolling around the kitchen floor? Come on, that's just stupid. Stupid enough for me to find some website to vent my complaint! It's easy to use tragedy to make people feel sad. To me, the film lacked effort selling the story and relied on people's empathy for a parent who loses they're child. I'd say if you want to taught about grieving the loss of a child and forgiveness, you would have better chances with "21 Grams."

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    4. Honestly the fact that she left the basement door open is completely believable. Even the smartest people can forget to close a door. As for the mental illness anything can trigger it and many times people can come out of it suddenly and for no apparent reason. So the movie is believable and commenting on a character's wardrobe in such a way is completely shallow and insensitive.

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  2. Uh, that's your comment? Sarah's WARDROBE? I think you may have missed the point. Geez!

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  3. The Movie is kind of slow, but also quite moving. Also, I liked Amber Tamblyn in it.

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  4. In watching this movie, I am drawn to the dance between the mom who lost her child and the person she blames. Both want forgiveness and healing. I enjoyed watching the dance.

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  5. What is Sarah's illnes?

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    1. She has AML, its a type of lymphoma

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  6. The movie is really good but sad.

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  7. I would say its a good movie amd i feel for the mother but her not forgiving the girl is hurt the mom mot the girl. Also people make mistakes , were only human.

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