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Down Will Come Baby

Down Will Come Baby
Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Screen Time: 70%
Role: Robin Garr
Age: 11 years old

 

Down Will Come Baby

1999
Rating: 7 (4 votes)
Directed: Gregory Goodell
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Thriller
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0191972

Summary

Leah Garr wants to move from Phoenix to take a new job in Denver to help her family (Husband Marcus and Daughter Robin). When Robin goes to camp to give her parents time to sort things out, something unexpected occurs. On Robin's return from camp she finds out her mom is taking the new job in Denver, only returning each weekend to visit. During this turmoil in Robin's life, A new lady, Dorothy, befriends Robin, moves into the same apartment complex and spends a lot of time with her and her father Marcus. Leah is concerned about this because she does not know very much about Dorothy or her intentions. It soon becomes clear that Dorothy is after much more than friendship with the Garr family.

Movie Reviews

Young Evan Rachel Wood is my favorite actor, and I'll watch her in anything.  Within this context, it must be acknowledged that certain things are more watchable than others.  The CBS Television production 'Down Will Come Baby' fares perhaps least well of all possible options.  It's hard to imagine it being more enthralling than the advertisements for pain relievers and sanitary napkins that would have aired during its commercial breaks.  

The real touchstone for any film in this category is the presence of Meredith Baxter, who comes through here with one of her patented made-for-TV performances.  Surely she is as good as the movie deserves, but that doesn't mean she isn't acted off the screen not only by Evan Rachel Wood and Diana Scarwid, but also by a coat rack, a blender, a filing cabinet, and a couple of potholders. Of course I am making up the potholders, along with the other inanimate objects in my list.  I encourage you to watch for yourself, if only so that you can make up your own list with objects that actually appear on-screen.  (I think there is a filing cabinet, though.)

Analyzing the minutiae of why 'Down Will Come Baby' does not satisfy seems largely overwhelming, so instead of offering my usual thoughtful review, I'll reprint the words of ERW herself, as told to Entertainment Weekly:

''I had to do a scene in a terrible movie, and my best friend was supposed to have drowned. I didn't know how sad I should be, and the director said, 'Act like you just lost a baseball game.' I was like, 'What? I don't play baseball.' So I had no emotion at all.''

Enough said.