@MightyFineMovie Is Like A Rollercoaster Ride: Scary At Times, But Worth The Visit

On May 3rd, I was able to watch an online premiere of  Mighty Fine which is being released in select movie theaters on May 25, 2012.  Mighty Fine follows the ups and downs of the Fine family. The movie stars Chazz Palminteri as Joe (the father), Andie MacDowell as Stella (the mother), Rainey Qualley as Maddie (the eldest daughter), and Jodelle Ferland as Natalie (the youngest daughter).  The movie takes place in 1970’s New Orleans.

Joe is the breadwinner in the family and he is happiest when his business is doing well. When he feels stressed, he directs his anger towards his family. Actually, his anger is more like rage. Once Joe has calmed down and the rage has passed, he uses money and material objects to try and make up for his behaviors. To say that he is verbally and emotionally abusive is an understatement. He throws out insults like they’re candy. Maddie is the target of most of these insults as she is at the age where she is trying to become independent and she often speaks out against her father’s behaviors. Stella is the enabler in the family and she is always working to keep the peace. She often makes excuses for Joe’s rageful behaviors. Stella is a survivor of the Holocaust and she was rescued by Joe so she feels in debt to him for this. Natalie is mostly engrossed in her poetry and she does what she can to stay out of her father’s way. Watch this short movie trailer to get a “feel” for the Fine family dynamics.

Powerful stuff right? I thoroughly enjoyed the movie although it touched a little close to home. I have been a victim of mental and emotional abuse and watching this movie caused many memories to come flooding back. Thankfully, I have dealt with my past experience of abuse {through counseling—yes, this mental health therapist has been on both sides of the couch} so instead of feeling like a victim during the movie, I found myself feeling like a survivor. Yay!

Out of all the characters in the movie, I self-identified with Maddie {the most} because she was the most out-spoken one in the family. Despite the dysfunction at home, Maddie tried to live a normal life as much as possible. She was also very protective of her mother and sister which I was able to relate to. All of the actors in Mighty Fine did a fabulous job and the casting of Chazz Palminteri as Joe was perfect. I had a little difficulty getting accustomed to Andie MacDowell’s Polish accent but that’s only because I am used to hearing her slight southern twang. Rainey Qualley is Andie MacDowell’s daughter in real life and this connection was apparent in the movie. In my opinion, Rainey is a superb actor {this was her first movie} and I expect to see more of her in the future. Jodelle Ferland is a true delight and I expect to see more of her as well. Janene Garofalo narrated the movie as an “adult Natalie” and it was a perfect choice.

After the Mighty Fine viewing, I was able to chat online with both Chazz Palminteri and Rainey Qualley. I was able to visually see them online via their web-cam although they could not see me. Both actors answered select questions from the audience which was totally cool! Okay, it was downright amazing 🙂

If you’d like to check out Mighty Fine, click here to see if it will be available at a theater near you. Be sure to “like” the Mighty Fine Facebook page as well. You’ll get the inside scoop!


Disclosure:  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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    Olivia Rubin
    May 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    it was interesting reading your review. at first this movie seemed like something i would be interested in, but then it seemed to parallel to my childhood. i wondered if it would trigger those thoughts that i havent yet reached in therapy yet. i dont know what to tackle first. there is so much. and u would think i would know, as i too have a masters in social work. its not what i want anymore though. i am 30 and have no idea what i am supposed to do or be. my past has shaped so much of who i am.

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      May 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Seeing the movie might help you realize issues that you have yet to address. Just make sure you have someone to talk to after the movie because it is very powerful for anyone who has had to endure any type of abuse. Once you resolve and/or address the issues of the past, they will no longer control you so much. You will get there {eventually} with therapy. I had a rocky childhood and I didn’t feel comfortable with “me” or get a clear direction until I was in my 30’s. It takes time. Try NOT to reference points in your life with how old you are. It doesn’t apply to most survivors of abuse whether it be mental, physical, emotional, or sexual. How can age apply when we were stunted in our growth by abuse? Hang in there and keep fighting in therapy. You’ll get there. Hugs, Kimberly

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