Rambling Rose (1991)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Sep 20, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile, she has also drawn the attentions of 13-year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas). Based on the novel by screenwriter Calder Willingham, Rambling Rose was not the box-office breakthrough that many expected for director Martha Coolidge; though it fizzled financially, the film did manage to secure Oscar nominations for both Dern and her real-life mother Diane Ladd.

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coming-of-age, sexual-awakening, sexuality, adolescence, family, flashback, friendship, housekeeper, love, lust, naivete, seduction, uninhibited, promiscuity, Southerner, slice-of-life, small-town

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High Artistic Quality