This movie features Adele August (Susan Sarandon) , an unstable and over the top prima donna , and her quest for meaning , which sadly makes life miserable for her level headed and reserved 14 year old daughter Anne (Natalie Portman).
I am not a fan of Susan Sarandon and certainly had no sympathy for her character, but I love Natalie Portman, and sympathized with her struggle for emotional comfort and stability throughout the movie.
Natalie Portman always exhudes great beauty warmth and cuteness, in whatever role she plays.
One feels great compassion at Anne's' pain, when she is ripped up from her environment in Wisconsin by her mother and taken to a poky little flat in Hollywood, or when encouraged by her friends, she phones her remarried father, and he cruelly snubs her.
Another touching scene is when she abandons her plan of tricking her 'boyfriend' to humiliate him, and simply falls into his embrace , clutching at a little love , love that she desperately needs and deserves.
The movie highlights the damage done to children, by single parent families, and captures the longing of Anne for a stable home life , which all children should have and deserve.