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The Family Way

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"That's life; one day it'll make you cry."

  • Feb 8, 2009
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Jenny and Arthur (Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennet) are newlyweds, spending their honeymoon in his parents' home. With a nosey family and paper-thin walls, the couple has no privacy and cannot consummate their marriage. As time goes by, they discover, to their horror, that the whole town is gossiping about their delicate problem.

This comedy/drama is gentle and sweet and has sympathetic performances by all. Mills leaves behind the perky child she played in her early films; here she's a sensible and mature bride and even shows off her bum. Bennet is memorable as the intense and miserable husband; but the real stars of the film are John Mills and Marjorie Rhodes who play Arthur's working-class parents. They give remarkably compelling performances and bring real depth to the story, adding a painful subplot from their own newlywed days. Their stoic characters aren't accustomed to talking about emotions, but their devotion to one another is never in doubt. The location filming in Manchester gives a gritty, honest feel to the film, and the busybody neighbors add good humor. I heartily recommend this touching story with first-rate acting and a soundtrack by Paul McCartney.
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