Unstrung Heroes

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"Sometimes you find your heroes in the most unlikely places"
  • PG
  • 1995
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.7  (3,246)
  • 70

Unstrung Heroes is a heartwarming family drama, released in 1995 and directed by Diane Keaton. The movie is a poignant exploration of grief, acceptance, and family relationships amidst a subtle dose of humor. The story revolves around young Steven Lidz (Nathan Watt) and his struggling family, who are trying to cope up with the sudden terminal illness of his mother Selma (Andie MacDowell).

As Selma's health deteriorates, her husband Sid (John Turturro) becomes distant and desperate, leaving Steven to fend for himself emotionally. Steven finds solace and comfort in his eccentric uncles, Danny (Michael Richards) and Arthur (Mausie), who are hoarders with strange habits and antics but a pure heart of gold. They are curious, imaginative, and teach Steven an alternative perspective of life and the world around him. They teach Steven valuable life lessons gleaned from their own past experiences, especially their traumatic experiences during the world war.

Danny and Arthur use their peculiar skills to create an imaginary universe for Steven, complete with hilarious fake news broadcasts, homemade gadgets, strange foods, and colorful personalities. With their help, Steven begins to understand Selma's decision to refuse medical treatment and instead live out her last days in peace with the family.

But as the family adjusts to Selma's declining health, Sid's behavior becomes erratic, and Steven grows more and more distant from his father. This strains Selma's bond with her son, who becomes unsure of how to cope, and pushes Danny and Arthur to expand their efforts to cheer him up. They ask Selma for her sewing kit, which they use to make Steven an epic cosmic suit, fueling his passion for sci-fi and adding a touch of whimsy to his otherwise dreary life.

But as the end draws near, Selma's condition worsens, and Steven becomes desperate to save her. He runs away to find a cure, only to return home and find that Selma has already passed.

The movie skillfully explores how a family deals with grief, coping mechanisms, and finding meaning in life. It does so in a light tone, weaving humor into serious moments without making them feel out of place. The movie’s cast do an excellent job, especially John Turturro, who brings a sense of vulnerability to his role as Sid, and Andie MacDowell, who portrays Selma's strength and love for her family with subtle nuance.

Unstrung Heroes is a touching, emotionally resonant story that manages to strike a balance between laughter and tears. It reminds us of the importance of relationships, the beauty of the human spirit, and how we all need each other to navigate life's journey. It's both funny and sad, warm and poignant, and ultimately, a heartwarming tale that will leave you feeling optimistic and comforted.

Unstrung Heroes is a 1995 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 70.

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