Redwood Highway, 2013**

S. Knight/image: roguevalleymessenger.com
S. Knight/image: roguevalleymessenger.com

The Premise…

The movie starts out with Marie Vaughn, Shirley Knight a woman in her late 70’s walking, she looks like she’s getting exercise at first, then later you see her walking into a retirement home and you realize she’s unhappy there. Then it looks more like she’s getting in shape for something. The next time you see her, she’s visited by her son, Michael, James Le Gros, letting him know she is extremely unhappy in her current situation and she feels he’s responsible for it. As he gives her the news that her grand-daughter is getting married, she decides after he leaves to go to her grand-daughter’s wedding on her own to tell her grand daughter to be careful with this guy. So we go with her as she embarks on sneaking out of the retirement home, and walks 80 miles to the coast of Oregon, for her grand daughter’s wedding.

Young S. Knight/image: en.wikipedia.org
A young S. Knight/image: en.wikipedia.org

Shirley Knight is a wonderful actor who’s been doing her craft for probably 50 years. Her most memorable role for me was as Helen Hunt‘s mother in 1997’s, As Good As It Gets. She’s very good at being uncomfortable with getting old. As she does this perfectly here and for some reason the movie billing is shared with Tom Skerritt but he’s only in the movie for maybe 10 minutes. She’s also been in classics like Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird Of Youth, 1962, with Paul Newman, and Geraldine Page.

Redwood Highway is very good for families to watch about aging parents and retirement homes. In the next 20 years, when all the generation x’rs start getting ready to retire, there probably won’t be enough retirement homes available and children will have to hire caregiver’s which is probably better for retirees anyway and more cost-effective.

The Sum Up…

This movie is very relevant for today with its hard look at getting older and what this means for families. Being that I’m a caregiver in life I can relate to the issues of caring for a senior. I liked the independent feel of this movie and the acting specifically Shirley Knight. She carried the movie and I never got tired of watching her. This movie gets an  A ~ THEATER WORTHY, see this in theaters it’s that good. But it’s on Netflix streaming so you can catch it there it’s not in theaters anymore. With no Safety Alert, this one the whole family can see but it will probably only be interesting to adults, I also just read the movie is based on a true story and it’s rated PG13.

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