James Cromwell got an Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for playing gentle Farmer Hoggett in Babe (1995). He lovingly said, "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
The movie opens in court. There are building code violations against a house Craig is building. We go back two years to see why he's building the house. It's a modest place on land that he owns and has owned for a long time. He's a craftsman, a builder, a farmer. But just building a humble little place in the woods where there's nothing else around is now complicated because of corporate rules, regulations and added fees.
His two kids are grown. Craig's wife, Irene, is showing slight signs of memory loss. Hospital visits are necessary. The place he's building is for the two of them. It's important to him. She's important to him. The baseball he has that was signed by Babe Ruth is important to him. His way of life is still important to him. It's not that he resists change. It's just he has questions bureaucracy that basically robs folks of their dignity.
As for his wife, she's the love of his life and she still takes delight in his kisses.
The only element that felt slightly "seen-it-before" was the grown children behaving like neurotic old stiffs who are more conservative than their senior parents. On Golden Pond (1981) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995) had adult children like that.
Back in 1990s, when I lived in New York, I went to see a Broadway show. My date knew the leading lady and she took me backstage with her to the star's dressing room. James Cromwell also stopped by. He was recognizable from Babe and L.A. Confidential at the time. Let me tell you this about Cromwell in person -- he could be the object of a serious senior man-crush. He is just too cool. Like a classic jazz musician cool.
That quality comes through in Still Mine, a good movie. The leading man totally rocks it.
Still Mine is now playing in Los Angeles. On July 19th, it opens in New York City and additional cities. It's rated PG-13 and runs about 1 hour 40 minutes.
By the way, here are some questions for you classic film fans. Have you ever seen Of Human Bondage, the 1934 film that made Bette Davis a star?