Ithaca

Sometimes it is unpleasant to write movie reviews.  Take this movie, for example.  Meg Ryan does her best to portray the innocence of a boy in a specific time.  There is also a sweetness about the boy – if Ryan were trying to make a movie that had sweetness and innocence on full display then she hit a home run.  The problem is that – unless you’re watching this on Lifetime on a Thursday afternoon – you’re probably going to be disappointed by this film.  As I was watching the movie I had this image of Ryan’s character in “You’ve Got Mail” making a movie.  She doesn’t really know what she is doing but she is going to put something sweet into the world.  I wish the result had been better.

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Movie title: Ithaca

Movie description: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever - from a boy into a man. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is the quintessential wartime tale of the Home Front. It is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the sweetness of life, the sting of death and the modesty and sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.

Date published: 2022-05-12

Director(s): Meg Ryan

Actor(s): Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, Meg Ryan, Jack Quaid, Tom Hanks, Nick Williams, Christine Nelson, Lucia Scarano, Zachary Webber, Trey Hines, Lois Robbins, Bridget Gethins, James McCool, Spencer Howell, Caitlin Moira, Gabriel Basso, Molly Gordon, Samantha Smedley

Genre: Drama

My Review

Sometimes it is unpleasant to write movie reviews.  Take this movie, for example.  Meg Ryan does her best to portray the innocence of a boy in a specific time.  There is also a sweetness about the boy – if Ryan were trying to make a movie that had sweetness and innocence on full display then she hit a home run.  The problem is that – unless you’re watching this on Lifetime on a Thursday afternoon – you’re probably going to be disappointed by this film.  As I was watching the movie I had this image of Ryan’s character in “You’ve Got Mail” making a movie.  She doesn’t really know what she is doing but she is going to put something sweet into the world.  I wish the result had been better.

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