Like Dandelion Dust, movie review

LikeDandelionDustThe name of this movie kept coming up when I was researching the movie, Do You Believe? which I saw at the theatre in the weeks leading up to Easter.  It is an extremely plausible and heart-wrenching story of birth parents challenging a technicality to get back their son from the only family and life he has ever known, and the resulting trauma all the players are put through.

The birth parents (Barry Pepper as Rip, Mira Sorvino as Wendy), are eking out a bare existence in Ohio, and Rip has serious problems with alcohol and SorvinoPepperanger management. He is sent to prison for wife-battering and returns, rehabilitated, to his waiting wife who is willing to give him a second chance.  Wendy, who found herself pregnant shortly after Rip’s incarceration, gave up their son for adoption, putting the child’s welfare above her own desires. By contrast, their son, Joey, is living an idyllic life in Florida with doting parents who happen to be extremely rich.  It turns out that when Wendy took the papers to the prison to have them signed, someone else (a guard, probably) forged his signature, and now, Rip wants his son back. And so the nightmare begins.

2010_like_dandelion_dust_001Produced by Downes Brothers Entertainment, a Christian production company quickly gaining respect in the industry, the movie is based on the book of the same name by Karen Kingsbury, the screenplay explores the pitfalls in the system, as the Campbells (Cole Hauser & Kate Levering) try desperately to hold on to their son. The social worker (played by L. Scott CaldwellThe Net) was a very caring person who truly seemed to advocate for Joey while each of the other adults struggle with moral and legal issues.

like-dandelion-dust1While the acting was great, and the filming as well — it was easy to see the struggle on both sides (a real tear-jerker) — I have to say I found the movie a bit plodding at times. The scenes in Haiti, where the Campbells head with her sister’s church group, ostensibly as part of a ministry to help with housing and community service work, was an interesting component of the movie, and the acting by Maxwell Perry Cotton as Joey was excellent. Despite the somewhat slow pace, I would recommend it; just don’t be put off adoption it it’s something you’re considering.  While this kind of post-adoption challenge does occur, it is infrequent.  Definitely an adult movie; some scenes of violence. * * * *


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to Like Dandelion Dust, movie review

  1. mysm2000 says:

    What an amazing story! I’ll have to see if I can find more about it online. How do people get away with this sort of thing? Thanks for the comment and the info.


  2. I’ll definitely watch this one – or maybe get the book. There’s a thing happening in South Africa now where a baby girl was stolen from the hospital 18 years ago, and through some really strange fate made friends with her actual birth sister at school. They look very similar and so the birth parents did some digging and found out that this girl really is their stolen daughter. It’s so hard for the child because she loves the “parents” she’s always known, even though they did what they did.


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