An Unfinished Life

Rated PG-13 100 minutes 2005

Like director Lasse Hallström's last two Miramax films, this is the tale of an itinerant single parent (Jennifer Lopez) with a precocious daughter (Becca Gardner), who comes to a small town to make a clean break with the recent past, only to end up finally confronting emotional issues, in the process helping the townspeople deal with theirs as well. Lopez plays Jean Gilkyson, widow of Griffin Gilkyson, who was the son of Einar (Robert Redford). Ten years after surviving the car crash that killed her husband, Jean is escaping her abusive boyfriend Gary (Damian Lewis) and runs with her daughter to Einar's house, where the young girl can meet her grandfather for the first time. Problem is that Grandpa hates Mom because he blames her for killing his son. Fortunately, Grandpa hates wife-beaters even more. There's also a bear lurking, which is, like, a metaphor. Lopez' fake southern accent is godawful, and the sentimentality is thick, but Redford rises above all that in his first real grumpy-old-man role.

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Mark Spragg and Virginia Spragg

Producer: Alan Ladd, Jr, Kelly Ann Ladd and Leslie Holleran

Cast: Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Becca Gardner, Josh Lucas, Damian Lewis and Camryn Manheim

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