Release Date: March 2nd, 2007 (Regal Union Square) by MGM.
The Cast: Sally Field, Ben Chapman, Tom Cavanagh, Julianne Nicholson, Glenn Howerton, Clea Duvall, James Murtaugh.
Directed by Steve Stockman.
BASIC PREMISE: Four siblings gather together to take care of their dying mother, Anita (Field).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Two Weeks has a derivative plot full of clichés and contrivance and fails to be dramatic or funny enough. Sally Field plays Anita, a mother of four who is dying of cancer and has only two weeks to live. Her children, Emily (Nicholson), Barry (Cavanagh), Keith (Chaplin) and Matthew (Howerton), come visit her home in North Carolina, where she resides with her second husband (Cavanagh). Throughout the meandering second act, the young adult children bond with her and with each other. Unfortunately, none of these characters seem complex or interesting enough to hold your attention for 97 minutes. Anita comes across as just any generic, loving mother, which doesn’t give Sally Field much to sink into with her decent, but forgettable performance. The flashback scenes with her talking to the camera in an interview with her son, Keith, seems more like a cheap way to add a little character development. First time writer/director Steve Stockman ends scenes rather abruptly with too much stilted dialogue and melodrama. He doesn’t allow for any of the actors to really. With a more imaginative, organic screenplay, this could have been a powerful and engaging rather than bland and underwhelming.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, unfortunately, other than the importance of cherishing your family through thick and thin.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Bland, melodramatic, clichéd and contrived.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Even Sally Field can’t save this bland, contrived, melodramatic and clichéd film. A very amateur Lifetime Movie of the Week.
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