You know it’s a good movie when you both laugh and get teary-eyed while watching. This is a remarkable and inspiring film! It has all the key elements: good acting, fantastic direction, and a good story to boot. We at Dove can’t recommend this one enough. The story focuses on Regina Reynolds (Rolonda Watts), a strong woman who is independent with a capital “I”! She is estranged from her husband, Marcus (Julian Starks), who doesn’t want the separation but has no choice in the matter. In addition, Regina’s and Marcus’ daughter, Monica, is battling drug addiction and turns to her grandmother, “Granny”, played by Amentha Dymally who says what she thinks, is a devoted Christian and who had me in stitches several times. She says things like, “Hold me back, Jesus!” when becoming upset with her self-willed daughter who has to lose almost everything before giving things over to God. She also looks up “Thou Shalt Not Kill” when her daughter is being particularly obstinate. She gives sage advice like, “God cares more about your soul than your lifestyle.”
Since the movie deals with drug addiction, a man who comes on to a young woman, and an orderly at a rehab facility who grabs a woman by the throat, we are recommending it for ages twelve plus but mature children under twelve would glean from this film according to their parents’ guidance. “Granny” alone is worth watching as Amentha Dymally spouts out one-liners, prays to God, and tells it like it is. She loves her daughter but puts her in her place when needed. All the other actors are quite good as well. This movie features a great ending and will make the viewer feel good about the strength in close-knit families. We are most pleased to award this film five Doves, our highest rating. We recommend you watch this one with your mother and your other loved ones. It is time well spent. You just might laugh and cry too!