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Review: The Greatest

Mawkish, clumsy family drama
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 7, 2010
1.5 1.5 Stars

Carey Mulligan’s Oscar-nominated performance in An Education must have prompted the belated release of this mawkish, clumsy family drama that screened at Sundance 2009. All dimply and Katie Holmes cute, Mulligan’s Rose is a pregnant collegian who moves in with boyfriend Bennett’s grieved parents after he’s killed in a freak auto accident.

Allen Brewer (Pierce Brosnan) welcomes her, but he’s too shattered to talk about his son’s death. Grace Brewer (Susan Sarandon) obsesses over her boy and can’t accept Rose’s pregnancy — a grandchild on the way — as any kind of compensation. Overwritten and indifferently directed by first-timer Shana Feste, this bloated TV-movie-of-the-week is more grate than great.

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