Mighty Fine: Starring Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri (movie review)

 Remember when you had to go to the theater for a movie screening? I was extremely privileged to have the chance to take part in an online movie screening and simultaneous chat that also included a post-screening conversation with two of the actors from the movie. How cool is that?! Even though the system had some glitches, it was a very cool experience.

That said, I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. Set in the 1970’s, “MightyFine” is the story of Joe Fine (Chazz Palminteri) who moves his family–his Holocaust surviver wife Stella (Andie MacDowell), and two daughters Natalie (Jodelle Ferland) and Maddie (Rainey Qualley)–from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Joe adores his family, spends lots of money on them that they may or may not have and has some serious anger-management problems which result in some terrifying outbursts.


Tell a Gal Pal about Domestic Violence

Let's get this out of the way first:I do NOT condone saying cutesy things like 'gal pal.'  I do however think this is a super important cause, so I'll let it slide (just this once.)

Among the many things that October commemorates, one of them is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Did you know that according to the 3 women in United States die EVERY DAY as a result of domestic violence?! (Bureau of Justice Crime data Brief, 2/2003)

Part of the problem is that, though nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence, only 56 percent would know how to help someone in that situation (The Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence, 6/2009)