C’MON C’MON – Review by Susan Granger

Writer/director Mike Mills’ turbulent new family melodrama delves into the trials and tribulations of parenthood, encompassing its inherent joys and overwhelming responsibilities, including choosing between self-interest and caring for a child. The bittersweet plot revolves around the transformation that happens when Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), who’s single and has no children, steps into the avuncular role of substitute patent.

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN — Review by Martha K. Baker

Dorothea, a product of the 1940s and 50s, is the single, rather Bohemian mother of a growing boy in 1979. Jamie, at an awkward age, needs guidance into manhood, so ever-helpful and liberated, his mother asks help from two young women. Julie is the growing girl next door, who sneaks into Jamie’s bedroom to sleep with him — no sex, just companionship because, she feels, they are too close as friends. Abbie, a photographer, is in her twenties and lives in the same house with Jamie and Dorothea. She is immature but has Jamie’s ear. Also practically living there is the contractor, fixing up the money pit of a house. Dorothea is attracted to him in her quirky way.

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