Unterwegs mit Jungs (2001)

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Unterwegs mit Jungs: Directed by Penny Marshall. With Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy. A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

“A great movie in my opinion,not the usual melodrama-stuff,as some might believe reading just the plot.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe story of Beverly and Ray could be that of anyone of us.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTheir marriage enforced by her pregnancy and consequently due to unwritten rules of puritanism governing a small Connecticut community,brought together two rather unexperienced and immature teens. Her behaviour after giving birth to Jason,conflicts to a certain extent to that of a normal mother.But was she a normal mother? We need to understand her! This pregnancy linked her to a unwanted man and brought life unexpectedly to a child.It blocked her dreams of going to high school and college,so her behaviour is justified to a certain extent.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTwo scenes,at the end,I consider as masterpieces.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFirst her meeting together with the grown-up son at Rayu0026#39;s house,after years of separation,finding there a still drug addicted person,physically and even mentally finished.Ray feels guilty for all pain inflicted to her,but the only thing he can do now is to sign that paper authorizing her to publish the story of their life.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSecondly the scene of Beverly and Josua reunited as mother and son for a short while,embracing near Rayu0026#39;s house,before going each one a separate way.Josua to his beloved,she calling her father to catch her up with the car and go to home of her parents.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe last scene is particularly moving,father and daughter driving home in the car,sing that lovely song u0026quot;Dreamsu0026quot;.This might be bout all the unfulfilled dreams of her life,or perhaps an illusion that all her hardships were nothing else than a dream.No dreams whatever,all she lived was true life.And this was a serene,nice end ,after so much drama unfolding in her life!”


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