Once Around

Once Around

DVD - 2004
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The oldest daughter of a close-knit Italian-American family falls in love with an abrasive, obnoxious but forcefully charming businessman. He almost demolishes her family while winning her heart, but they all learn how to balance her happiness with the family's survival.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2004
ISBN: 9780783286938
0783286937
Call Number: DVD F ONCE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nov 21, 2015

Lasse Hallstrom is one of my all-time favorite directors and this was one of his I hadn't seen. It's an odd little film with a stellar cast, but doesn't quite hold up to his later (and earlier) wonderful films. It does have its moments, though, including a lovely speech by Holly Hunter's character where she states definitively that this is her "adventure" and that, finally, her family's opinions about her life weren't as important as her own feelings. But overall, I felt like something was just a little off with this one. By the end, I had warmed to it a bit, though, and started to feel for the characters and their difficult relationships deeply enough.

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