***SPOILERS*** Breakout movie for the then 28 year old actress Laura Linney as drug and alcohol addicted Phoebe Ryan who's secret life of living in the fast lane came out into the open when her equally cocaine sniffing husband Charlie, Reed Diamond, ended up killing himself in a car smashup. Being seven months pregnant at the time Phoebe survived the accident being in critical condition with her baby girl Olivia being born one month premature. It's Phoebe mom congresswoman Nell Harringtonn, Joanne Woodward, who is shocked to find out that both her beloved son-in-law Charlie and daughter were doing drugs behind her and her husband Simon's, Fritz Weaver, back all these years! And now with Charlie her campaign manager in her run for the Senate dead and exposed, to her and her husband, as a drug abuser she sees her run for the Senate now go up in flames! That together with Pheobe's future in polities and the entertainment, Pheobe is a nightclub singer, world. Not to mention the future of her granddaughter Olivie who's hooked on cocaine because of her mother's addiction to it! The movie has Nell try to get Phoebe help by getting her off the stuff,drugs & alcohol, with very little cooperation of her daughter. It's Phoebe who seems to have a death wish not just for herself but her new born baby daughter Olivia. The drug and alcohol abuse together with the tragic death of her husband Charlie had so screwed up Phoebe's head that nothing short of a miracle can straighten her out. And that miracle turned out to be "Family House" a place that takes in drug addicted mothers and their likewise children and is alway hard up for cash to keep its operation going. Phoebe who at first resisted all attempts to cure her soon saw that life on the streets and the addiction to hard drugs that comes along with it isn't the way to live and bring up her daughter Olivia. As well as treat her loving parents Nell & Simon who did everything possible, even pay off the "Family House" chief administrator, to get her into the program. Laura Linney is both amazingly realistic as well as tragic in her role as Phoebe Ryan and gives the film the honesty and creditability that it needs to make its point. Not that everyone else in the cast like Joanne Woodward & Fritz Weaver didn't do an excellent job as Phoebe's concerned and,in them not noticing her drug addiction sooner, guilt ridden parents. But it was Miss Linney who was the glue that kept the movie together and thus made it successful in showing the audience the horrors as well as consequences of drug addiction. And how it effects everyone from those rich and powerful, like the Harringtons, to the helpless and unwed mothers at the "Family House" who Phoebe became friends with.
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Drama about a couple (Woodward, Weaver) and their problematic daughter (Linney) who is a cocaine addict.
October 24, 2021