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Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart
  • 1999
  • US
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Wes Craven
  • Written by: Pamela Gray
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer

Streep plays Roberta Guaspari who, after being left to bring up her two boys alone by her cheating husband, heads for New York where she takes a post teaching the violin to pre-teens at a Harlem school. While it's clear that this is material close to Craven's heart, the film never rises above the level of a proficiently executed made-for-TV movie. It's nice to see Craven finally moving outside the narrow confines of horror. It's just a pity that his first effort is as ordinary as its protagonist.

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