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Range of Motion

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Donald Wrye

When Lainey Berman's (Rebecca De Mornay) husband falls, acquiring a serious head injury, he winds up in a coma, turning their family upside down. While she struggles to keep the family together she faces more and more obstacles. But as the holiday … see full wiki

Cast: Henry Czerny
Director: Donald Wrye
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Range of Motion

Range of Motion – De Mornay’s range of emotion

  • May 3, 2003
Pros: De Mornay

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: ......

If you are rich and lead a happy but harried life style, do you have everything you need? Can money supply everything you want in your life? At what price do you place happiness or survival?

Do you sometimes find you have been short with a loved one and then regretted it later, especially when something catastrophic happens, something life threatening? Do you wish you could take those words back? Could you stand beside someone when everyone, every doctor, has told you to pull the plug and step back? How far will your love carry you?

For Rebecca De Mornay it carried her to the ends of her strength, the edge of her sanity.

Adapted from Elizabeth Berg's book by Grace McKeaney and directed by Donald Wrye, Range of Motion tells the story of a happy family that, from fate or circumstance, learns just how precious life and love are.

After teasing her husband about his fitness, he goes jogging and takes a spill, hitting his head on a rock. In a deep coma, doctors offered her little hope that he would survive and if so, what condition he would be in. After months in the hospital, the staff approaches her and in no uncertain terms tell her he has to go, they need the bed and they simply don’t feel he is ever going to recover.

From this point, De Mornay begins to take over the exhausting chore of caring for her comatose husband through daily trips to the rehab center and manage a house with two active children. Along the way she meets many roadblocks, the hardest one is her own reserve and strength of will power.

Range of Motion takes you through the life and trials of this family and their circle of friends, doctors, treatments, and most of all love.

I have always enjoyed De Mornay’s performances and this was no exception. She shows a strength and determination in this role. Her interaction with the nurse, Gloria (Kim Roberts), at the rehab center was often volatile but she held her ground well.

The DVD had a nice biography section on De Mornay, which I enjoyed. Filming was consistent and clear, the story line held true and for the most part everything was quite believable. However, I did watch this with my resident RN and she took offense at how the hospital staff and rehab staff was portrayed. I told her that she was the exception to the role and for the most part any staff I have ever encountered reacted much like they did on screen – hostile and removed.


P.S. The title Range of Motion refers to “exercises that move each joint through its full range of motion, that is, to the highest degree of motion of which each joint normally is capable; they may be either active or passive” [taken from webmd.com]


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