A strident serio-comedy makes finding one's bliss seem like an act of supreme selfishness, this Hallmark original movie is both slack and overly sentimental.
Chicago-based Richard Eason (Richard Thomas) is busy shoring up the construction company built by his late father, but his needy mother, Annie (Betty White), keeps dragging him away from work. Annie is having a tough time adjusting to widowhood, and doesn't realize how much of Richard's time is spent fighting
bankers for the respect they awarded his father automatically. As if that weren't enough pressure, Richard's daughter, Ella (Amy Davidson), has decided to drop out of college and pursue a career as a singer-songwriter career. Annie made a deathbed promise to return to the place where she and her late husband spent their honeymoon and scatter his ashes on the eve of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and persuades Ella to undertake the cross-country drive with her, oblivious to Richards request that they postpone the ritual. Once Annie and Ella hit the road, Annie takes charge and tells Ella to take her to the site of her first home as a newlywed, where she hid a lucky gold piece back in the 1960s. It's still there, which Annie regards as a good omen that applies equally to her odyssey and Ella's decision to do what she loves. Worried about his mother and daughter, Richard takes some time off and sets out after them; Annie and Ella, meanwhile, sneak into a hotel pool after hours to swim away the aches of driving and get busted for trespassing. The delay might allow Richard to catch up to them, but however things work out, Ella and Annie have formed an unbreakable bond. Though the feisty Annie is clearly meant to be lovable, she's a world-class pain, and even the versatile White can't redeem that insists on making her act like a selfish boor.
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