My impression is nearly everyone is responding to this in stereotypical
ways - seeing the mother as impossibly overbearing and interfering.
Actually mother and son have a great relationship. They argue intensely and in detail about what his stories should be like - and about life and their relationship in general. This is very well portrayed. And most of us should be so lucky to have such a relationship.
So she takes it too far - but hardly in a Tennessee Williams way. And they argue intensely about that too, and work their way to a successful conclusion.
Sure, it's all a little too Hollywood pat and neat in the end.
But you have an unusual portrait of an unusual and very good mother-son relationship - and a very passionately involved mother. She's very OK.
I enjoyed it a lot.
A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
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