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All the weepy-ass females were crying at the end of this film and only God knows why. The movie is inspired by the true story of writer Angela Shelton, who co-wrote the film with director Gavin O'Connor. Not surprisingly, Angela remembers herself as a "wise beyond her years" youth, Ava (Kimberly Brown), who knew more about how to live happily than her sexy, eccentric mother, Mary Jo Walker (Janet McTeer).

First of all, the only people who see 12-year-olds as wise beyond their years are people who are only slightly more intelligent than cabbage. As far as they're concerned the entire fruit and vegetable section is wise beyond its years. Canned goods are wise beyond their years. When you're an idiot, every damn thing on the earth appears wise beyond its years.

And sexy and eccentric don't go together. When have you ever known a woman to be both sexy AND eccentric? Sexy women are rarely eccentric and eccentric woman are most often bag ladies. Mary Jo's main talent is that she is always attracting the wrong man and when things go bad, she moves to another state. She and Ava end up in California and again, Mary Jo shacks up with another loser.

This loser is truck-driver Jack (Gavin O'Connor), who seems like a nice enough guy initially but flips out like a cockroach on a hot plate once Mary Jo and Ava move in with him. Director O'Connor might as well have turned Jack into an axe murderer for all the consistency of character he was going for. Meanwhile, lurking in the background to lick up the sloppy seconds is nice guy Dan (Jay O. Sanders), who's so obviously the right guy for Mary Jo she can't even see it. If she could see it, the movie would have been about twenty minutes long. If only.

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