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Tumbleweeds (1999)
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by Stephen Groenewegen

4 stars

In some very unlikely casting, British stage actress Janet McTeer becomes Mary Jo Walker, in Gavin OíConnorís debut feature Tumbleweeds. Itís a dazzling performance.

At the beginning, as she leaves a boorish and violent husband, Mary Jo seems a vital and headstrong woman. Later, we learn she has a level of emotional maturity below that of her barely teenage daughter, Ava (Kimberley Brown and McTeer work
beautifully together). Jo is a love junkie - she lives for that first honeymoon stage of a relationship. But when she and her partner no longer need to spend every moment together, when they begin to fight, she leaves - the man, the relationship, the state. Until Ava - whoís sick of always being dragged around at her motherís whim - finally puts her foot down.

The supporting actors are terrific, and director/co-writer OíConnor (who puts in a truthful performance as Jack, Joís latest flame) handles the material well. He recognises the star he has in McTeer, and stands back to let her shine. The film seems a little long, but itís exuberant and triumphant and a lot of fun.

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11/05/00 natasha made me cry, but not in a cheesy Lifetime movie way 4 stars
7/09/00 Narf Magnificient performance by McTeer. One of the year's best. 5 stars
5/27/00 Jaime N. Christley Skip "Anywhere But Here" and see this instead. 4 stars
4/30/00 Laura Coerver Wonderful 4 stars
12/23/99 Jason Inspiring true story of mother and daughter - almost Thelma and Louise. Hilariously origina 5 stars
12/10/99 Danielle Great mother/daughter flick for a night out with mom!! 4 stars
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  10-Dec-1999 (PG-13)
  DVD: 24-Nov-2000



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