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Yarn Princess

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A movie directed by Tom McLoughlin

-Jean Smart plays a mentally challenged mother of six sons who must battle with the state to prove that she is a competent parental guardian. When her husband becomes too ill to support the family, the situation seems even more hopeless. It's up … see full wiki

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Yarn Princess

Yarn Princess - 1994

  • Jan 11, 2009
Pros: strong script and acting

Cons: ...

The Bottom Line:
“Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy”
~C,S, N, & Y

Certainly the home was run down, could use some repairs. It was cluttered, not dirty, just lacked storage or the will to do so. The children, six rowdy boys, were unruly but not destructive; just free spirits. Meals were often strange and generally burnt. However, the home was clean and so were the inhabitants. Unkept and run down, but still filled with love.

The mother is devoted to her family but, on second look, we realize she is a bit slow. She calls herself borderline slow. She is capable of keeping things together only because she has a strong husband who probably does way more than his share of duties, simply to make her life calmer. Then, one day at work, his schizophrenia bubbles to the surface and now she is on her own. She can barely read and her cooking is horrible. The bills keep coming and when a eviction notice arrives, she takes the only course she knows, turning to the welfare department for help.

Bad idea, very bad idea. The powers that be don’t see the immense love in this home. The young worker that comes to the home tries to help the mother become more independent but her bosses are opting for removal of the children. One of the middle boys, who hides all his feelings beneath a mask of anger, convinces his brother to join him and they go to a foster family. At first it is all wonderful. Their own rooms, a swimming pool in their own backyard. New clothes, not hand-me-downs. And parents that aren’t a little off.

Fortunately, the young welfare worker [who probably won’t last long in this job] gets a lawyer for the mother; the lawyer gets the ACLU involved. And all of them march into the court room to fight for their basic rights as parents. They took on the mindless and unfeeling social welfare department and child protective services with all their callous remarks and biased opinions.

This story was based on true events.

The Yarn Princess was directed by Tom McLoughlin, written by Dalene Young. Regretfully, it was not honored with any nominations. The IMDB listing does not carry a rating for this movie. An outstanding performance was given by Jean Smart as the mother, Margaret. The husband, Jake, played by Robert Pastorelli, swung between bland sanity and unruly schizophrenia. His part was an emotional rollercoaster. They were joined in the cast by Dennis Boutsikaris as the ACLU attorney and Shirley Knight as Margaret’s mother.

The four boys with the largest parts in the movie were played by Karl David-Dierf, Luke Edwards, Jared Rushton, and Bradley Pierce. For young guys they gave good performances and seemed to interact well in the family unit.

The amount of cruelty and tasteless commentary by officials, adults, and schoolmates really gave a different insight into the shallow makeup of some people. Just because these parents were a little different did not mean they were any less capable or caring. In fact, it appeared the father was entirely over medicated throughout most of the show because no one bothered to take the time to help regulate his medication. Every one in authority, except that poor young social worker, were so uncaring and removed that they would have better served the public on the back of a trash truck.

This was a wonderful show and portrayed the depth of true family feeling and love. Pity those handing out awards find this unworthy.



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