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A Day Late and A Dollar Short (2014 telefilm/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: C Extras: D Film: B+

Viola Price (Whoopi Goldberg) learns she is dieing, but before she kicks the bucket she wants to patch things up between the members of Price Family. The Price Family isn't what you would call close, everyone has their secrets and between all the lies and false smiles, they can't be together for less than 5 minutes without fighting each other, much less sit down at the diner table, but Viola is determined fix her broken family ...even if it kills her.

In Stephen Tolkin's A Day Late and A Dollar Short (2014), Viola is the matriarch of the Price Family, headstrong and stubborn, she is determined to help her family. Viola finds her all her family members been hiding something, her husband is cheating on her, her 3 daughters and son are in broken marriages, her grand kids are doing drugs and one of them is getting raped by her own father. They are all too prideful to admit they have been neglecting their own family, and too competitive with each other to admit they were wrong, but with the love of their mother, can they come to terms with themselves and be able to save their family before it is too late?

Whoopi Goldberg does a masterful performance of playing a dieing caring mother who is trying to teach her family life is more than about being successful about money. The only thing worry about is the subject content of some of the family issues, and would not recommend it for kids. This also has a fine cast including Ving Rhames, Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer and Anika Noni Rose. The anamorphically-enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is good, but the lossy Dolby Digital sound is on the dialogue-based side, so expect only so much.

There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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