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      Charms for the Easy Life

      TV-PG 2002 1 hr. 51 min. Drama List
      Reviews 78% 250+ Ratings Audience Score In the 1940s, Southern midwife Charlie Kate Birch (Gena Rowlands) is given a lucky charm after healing a brutalized black man. In no time at all, her good-for-nothing husband skips town, leaving her happily in charge of the family. Charlie's daughter, Sophia (Mimi Rogers), however, dreams of finding a steadfast man -- but after her first husband dies, her prospects become bleak. Meanwhile, Charlie's granddaughter, Margaret (Susan May Pratt), must compete with their contrasting influences. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Gena's great as ever the movie less so. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Accidentally stumbled on this movie while flicking through channels. Very charming and memorable characters. I certainly enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Well this was made for TV and broadcast midmorning, so my expectations weren't high. Gena Rowlands is good value and the plot is not without merit. There's a kind of Deep South magical realism running through it - everything is as it's meant to be, and Charlie Kate as local witch is the best doctor in town. This is 1940, by the way. Leave your disbelief at the door. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I don't know exactly when "three generations of strong-willed women living in the same house" became a genre, but this movie definitely fits that genre. Thankfully, the youngest girl was interesting, as the older two generations often bored me. I was fascinated with how the youngest girl tried to navigate between the two extremes set for her by her mother and grandmother. While I normally am not a fan of episodic movies, this movie was actually served by it's episodes. I dislke the ending extremely, as it was hackneyed and trite, and this movie fell into such cliches. Decent, but not altogether memorable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved the movie..movie is quite inspiring Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This made for TV movie follows the lives of three women, a grandmother, her daughter, and her granddaughter during WWII. This movie boasts witty banter, several romances, and broken relationships. The love stories make me feel twitterpated, the tragedies make me cry, and the silly arguments make me laugh. This movie doesn't really have a plotline. Instead, it follows the more organic storyline of the grandmother's life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In the 1940s, Southern midwife Charlie Kate Birch (Gena Rowlands) is given a lucky charm after healing a brutalized black man. In no time at all, her good-for-nothing husband skips town, leaving her happily in charge of the family. Charlie's daughter, Sophia (Mimi Rogers), however, dreams of finding a steadfast man -- but after her first husband dies, her prospects become bleak. Meanwhile, Charlie's granddaughter, Margaret (Susan May Pratt), must compete with their contrasting influences.
      Director
      Joan Micklin Silver
      Executive Producer
      Mimi Rogers, Chris Ciaffa
      Screenwriter
      Angela Shelton
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 7, 2018
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