I’ve always heard about this great movie which people rarely talk about… but never saw it in full until this morning. Tremendous.
Long story short, the film is about a couple in a custody battle. The father Ted (Dustin Hoffman) is forced to raise his son Billy (Justin Henry, from Sixteen Candles) when his wife (Meryl Streep) walks out on him after several years of marriage. At first, things are tough between Ted and his son, but they soon bond and Ted busts his ass to make sure Billy is raised right, and has everything he needs, from toys, to breakfast every morning, and daily communication.
One day, Billy is playing on the jungle gym and has a severe accident on the gym which disfigures his face with a large scar. Ted continues to be there, every step of the way, for Billy.
About a year and a half after Billy’s mother left, she returns to claim full custody, even though she hasn’t been there much and while she was raising him, she wasn’t exactly a good or patient mother.
What happens next is for you to discover…. don’t sleep on this brilliant, award-winning film. It may be almost 40 years old, but that doesn’t mean it’s not captivating, brilliantly-acted, superbly-written, and absolutely engaging. Believe the hype (if you’ve heard anything about it at all), as it’s that good.
END HATE. END RACISM.
END HOMOPHOBIA & END TRANSPHOBIA.
EQUALITY, LOVE, WORLD PEACE,
COMPASSION, AND EMPATHY. NOW.