Mighty Fine Blog Tour and Movie Review

 

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On Thursday May 3rd, I participated in an online movie pre-screening of "Mighty Fine" along with other mom bloggers through Mom Central.

I wanted to participate in this online screening for two reasons:

1. I think it's important to support independent films.

2. I think some of you could relate to the subject of the movie.

It was interesting to chat live during the movie and express our thoughts about the movie. I am a big fan of Chazz Palminteri so that was a plus for me to watch the movie.

The movie is written and directed by Debbie Goodstein and is a semi-autobiography. "Mighty Fine" is the story of Joe Fine (Chazz Palminteri), a business man who moves his wife (Andie MacDowell) and two teenage daughters (Rainey Qualley-MacDowell's real life daughter and Jodelle Ferland) from Brooklyn, NY to New Orleans during the 1970s.

At first, Joe appears to be a generous and loving husband and father. As the movie progresses, we get to see more of Joe's temperament and his anger problem. As a parent, you'll relate to communication problems and power struggles with your teen, however Joe's anger fuels the conflict in his family. He attempts to compensate for his behavior by spending money on his family and giving them elaborate gifts.

I think what was most disturbing for me was to see how unpredictable Joe is and how his erratic behavior nealry destroys his family.  Unfortunately, I think this movie's theme will resonate with those who have loved ones who have difficulty controlling their tempers and are emotionally and mentally abusive.

It was hard at times to watch how Joe treated and spoke to his wife and daughters and Chazz Palminteri did an amazing job of portraying this character that I wanted to despise but instead pitied. It was clear that Joe Fine had some mental health issues that were not recognized. Because of his emotional instability,. his family became prisoners of his emotional outbursts and immature antics. His desperate cry for attention resulted in him being incapable of being a loving and supportive husband and dad.

I urge you to go see "Mighty Fine" in theatres May 25th. The movie is well-written and the acting is superb. Most importantly, we need to bring more awareness to how anger and mental health issues can destroy a family.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mighty Fine and the distributor. I received access to an online showing of the film and a promotional item to thank me for participating”

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