Have you ever watched a movie and felt like you could relate with almost every character in some way or another? How about wanted to reach through the screen and give them all a big hug? Last week I was given the opportunity to pre-screen the independent film Mighty Fine that will be released in select theaters on May 25th. While watching it those were a few of the reactions I had.
The Fine family is played by Chazz Palminteri (Joe), Andie MacDowell (Stella), Rainey Qualley (Maddie), and Jodelle Ferland (Natalie). The emotional and what seemed to be unending roller coaster of pins and needles was heartbreaking to watch at times.
Joe only wanted the best for his family and often times the lengths he went to in order to make that happen caused even more stress and anger to build up. When it came to the surface it often times was out of nowhere and almost deadly. Stella was a doting wife and Mom who knew just what to say and when to smile to try to make the girls feel better, the only thing is that they were getting older (and wiser).
For me, I think parts of this movie ‘hit home’ in so many ways because I’ve seen and endured some of the things firsthand. I know what the consequences are when you have a parent with anger and rage issues, sometimes the effects last a lifetime.
When the credits rolled I was in tears, almost not wanting to participate in the Skype chat that had been arranged with Chazz and Rainey. But I’m so glad I did because that’s when I saw just how different Chazz was from the character he portrayed. He was very soft spoken and eager to answer any question he was asked, such a nice person. And Rainey? She has the sweetest personality and I hope to see her in more movies in the future (loved her).
I highly encourage you to go see this movie if have the opportunity. And not just because I said so, but because I want you to see that there are rainbows after every storm.
You can check out the Mighty Fine official movie site to get more information on tickets, an in-depth look into the actors, writer/director Debbie Goodstein, and the story that inspired the movie. If you would like to follow them on facebook you can find their page here: https://www.facebook.com/mightyfinethemovie
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mighty Fine and the distributor. I received access to an online showing of the film and a promotional item to thank me for participating. www.momcentral.com/mcc