Like Dandelion Dust
For a movie that had the premise of a Hallmark Movie of the Week, this one came off remarkably well. Based on a novel by Karen Kingsbury, the story is basically about a couple’s attempt to reclaim their six year old son from the couple that adopted him. While there were a few moments that veered into sentimentalism a bit too much, the story was actually pretty powerful.
Most of the credit has to go to the cast. Barry Pepper, playing the birth father, who is also an ex-con with anger issues, puts in one of his best performances. The sense of simmering rage, barely held in check, by his character, is incredible. I also thought Cole Hauser, playing the adopted father, was excellent.
I really don’t know why some of these types of movies work, and some become forgettable slop. There’s nothing entirely unique about the story, but the way it all comes together just seems to work.