American coming of age comedy drama “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel among others.
Alice (Ellen Burstyn) has a rough as an edge husband who is a truck driver and a 11 year old precocious son Tommy. The husband dies in a vehicle crash leaving Alice with virtually nothing on hand. She does a garage sale of her meagre belongings and sets off on a road trip with her talkative son with a plan to reach Monterrey, California where she grew up and where she was a singer before her marriage.
Along the way, they stop in Phoenix, Arizona for her to get a singing job, pick up some dope until she meets a younger forceful Ben (Harvey Keitel) who gets into bed with her. One fine day Ben’s wife lands up at her door, and Ben follows causing mayhem and forcing Alice and the kid to leave post haste.
Then they reach Tucson and she finds a job as a waitress in a dining parlor with lots of customers and too much to do for a first timer and with all her stresses with her. There she meets David, a divorced ranch owner who gets along with Tommy very well until a point when Tommy gets on his nerves and he whacks him. Their goal was to reach Monterrey by the time of Tommy’s 12th birthday.
Its a nice comedy drama with some very fine acting by Ellen Burstyn. All others are okay as well. The kid Tommy got on my nerves as well. Nice movie to watch with the family. imdb 6/10