Home is Where the Heart is

tn_3915_homeiswheretheheartisposter-1408388154The tiny town of Bent Arrow, Texas, is slowly closing down—and its inhabitants are at their wits’ end about how to keep the town afloat. Sunny, a cynical disenchanted actress, reluctantly returns home only to attend her mother’s funeral and look after her 10-year-old half-sister Cotton. When Sunny and Butch, an ex-NFL player, bond over Cotton, they devise a plan to help save the town. Even though the trio goes through trials and tragedy, in the end although they didn’t get what they wanted, they got what they needed.

Don’t mistake the cover poster for what this movie is really about—no, it’s not about two girls bonding over a horse or a cheesy plot that involves hijinks in revitalizing the town. This is a serious drama that’s meant more for adults than kids, I think. It deals with heavy content such as death, a near-death experience, and sexual harassment. However, the cast bravely takes it upon their shoulders and as a result, these scenes are rich with unfiltered emotion. Bailee Madison (Cotton) is one of this generation’s most talented young actresses, and she is a thrill to watch. Her co-stars Laura Bell Bundy (Sunny) and Conrad Goode (Butch) are equally impressive. The movie is a rollercoaster that plays your heartstrings. Four Stars.

First Published @ kidspickflicks.com

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on August 20, 2014, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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