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      Tumbleweeds

      PG-13 Released Jan 24, 1999 1 hr. 44 min. Drama List
      82% 68 Reviews Tomatometer 65% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 15 Buy Now

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      Jackie S One of my fav movies… underrated… and great actresses Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great performances, and O'Connor's sure direction make this a genuine charmer. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review steve d I didn't enjoy the characters or surprisingly even the performances. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Oscar nominee British thespian Janet McTeer spellbindingly portrays a puerile Southern mother coming of age towing along her precocious daughter between abusive relationships with men in this hearteningly heartfelt chick flick. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Delightful! Almost the same story as Anywhere But Here, but this is a ar superior movie. Janet McTeer was great - deserving of Best Actress, although not likely to get it. You'd never guess she's a Brit. Her N. Carolina accent might not have been perfect, but it had no traces of British. Her daughter seemed like a real kid rather than a movie star and their relationship was wonderful to watch unfold. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Janet McTeer is excellent in this and earned her Oscar nomination showing lots of great range of drama and comedy. Kimberly J. Brown, who I have always loved from the Halloweentown movies, is also really great. I wish she did more work these days because she was truly a shining star in this movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone Rated: 4.5/5 May 11, 2001 Full Review Almar Haflidason BBC.com Rated: 4/5 Apr 17, 2001 Full Review Wallace Baine Santa Cruz Sentinel Given its obviousness, Tumbleweeds is still worthy of attention thanks principally to the queenly Janet McTeer. Rated: B Mar 1, 2019 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews The stagnant midsection does the hopelessly tedious atmosphere no favors... Rated: 1.5/4 Jun 18, 2016 Full Review Teresa Talerico Common Sense Media Touching look at tough mom-daughter relationship. Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Gavin O'Connor
      Executive Producer
      Ted Demme, Thomas J. Mangan IV, Jerry McFadden, Gavin O'Connor, Greg O'Connor, Angela Shelton, Joel Stillerman
      Screenwriter
      Gavin O'Connor, Angela Shelton
      Distributor
      Fine Line Features
      Production Co
      Spanky Pictures, River One Films, Solaris
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 24, 1999, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 28, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.3M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, Surround
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