“This city like many in America, has come to a rough moment in its history. A city after all is just a collection of houses and buildings, hopes and dreams that depend on the fortune and determination and fate of its residents. The future, uncertain at best can be fearful or full of promise. It’s all in how you see it…”” – Harris Parker
Number of Times Seen – Twice (1 Feb 2011 and 7 Mar 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A man shows up in a small town in order to try and help the town get back on its feet following the closure of the local tobacco plant.
My Take on it – Extremely boring film that fails to work on so many levels.
The cast is great with Colin Firth, Ellen Bustyn, Patricia Clarkson, Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn, yet due to the way that the story plays out, none of them are given enough to do.
The film is paced really poorly and drags along the whole way through.
None of the characters are developed at all and they all seem like caricatures and stereotypes.
The film’s plot has much more potential than is realized and that is such a shame.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ellen Burstyn’s character, “Georgiana Carr,” bears the last name of an actual Durham, N.C., family that was prominent in the tobacco business. The large portrait in her house, showing a uniformed man with a big white mustache, is a picture of Julian Shakespeare Carr (1845-1924), one of Durham’s earliest tobacco magnates, who was involved in a variety of other business enterprises and was a highly regarded philanthropist. The portrait normally resides in the North Carolina Collection of the Durham County Public Library. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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