The Trip to Bountiful

| August 5, 2014

The Trip to Bountiful is a delightful movie that stars Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts who is the matriarch of a family that has moved from a small town in Texas to Houston. She was born and raised in Bountiful, and she is dead set on returning there again before she passes away. But there is one major thing in her way—her stubborn, sassy daughter-in-law played by Vanessa Williams. Williams plays Jessie Mae, and she is married to Ms. Watts son, Ludie, played by Blair Underwood.

Ludie tries to oblige his wife while trying to please his mother—both at the same time—and it seems nearly impossible. Ms. Watts has tried to catch the bus before, shortly after she receives her pension check, even before Jessie Mae can inquire about this. This one last time after bickering with Jessie about another silly issue, Ms. Watts has had enough and makes a run for it—literally to the city bus and then to the Greyhound bus station, where she meets a sweet KeKe Palmer, who is also travelling near Bountiful. Palmer plays guard for Ms. Watts, as Jessie Mae and Ludie search for her at the bus station. And she also helps her once they have to part ways.

After much exasperation and fret over whether she will make it the few miles to her old home, Ms. Watts is helped by the unlikely sheriff who has been called to detain her at the bus depot. After a tearful reunion and time to think and reminisce on her own, Ms. Watts and her family are finally brought together as one. The Trip to Bountiful is based on the critically acclaimed Tony Award® nominated play by Horton Foote, one of which starred Tyson and Williams, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., as Ludie.

This movie is a great family film that shows the resolve of an elder who just wants to go home and the manner in which her caregivers treat her, often dismissing her pleas. It shows the determination of a person who just wants one last look at the past, but this one last look informs her future in many positive ways.

The Trip to Bountiful is available August 5 on DVD from Lionsgate Entertainment.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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