Digging to China

 (270)1 h 39 min1998PG
Kevin Bacon stars in this touching comedic look at the friendship between an adolecent girl and a mentally retarded young man.
Timothy Hutton
Kevin BaconMary Stuart MastersonCathy Moriarty
English [CC]
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Evan Rachel Wood
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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GiftbearerReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Movie that breaks down many stereotypes
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The friendship between the girl and the man was beneficial to both of them in the circumstances they were faced with. Children have none of the misconception adults have and are more accepting of people with all sorts of disabilities. The other adults in this story seemed to assume the worst about Ricky when in fact he was none of the things they thought, and quite frankly he was not so severely affected that he needed to go away to a "home." That was the one flaw with the movie; that it was assumed he would never progress and would remain dependant the rest of his life. There were a number of moments when he showed quite a bit of insight. I know this movie was made awhile back but in today's world a man like Ricky would be living independantly and probably holding a job. Kevin Bacon did an excellent job with the role, even down to the way he held his body and face.
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MoanakaiReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I would not call this a comedy
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Kevin Bacon's acting was most notable in this drama. I guess I would call him mentally challenged but he doesn't really fit the role of those that I have worked with as mentally retarded, seemed to have some autistic tendencies at times or perhaps that was his acting skills. The story was important because the 10-year-old little girl had more compassion than many adults and could see only the good in Kevin, their friendship was heartwarming. I love the selection and use of music throughout pertinent to the time period. What I didn't like is they cut a lot of the scenes so you never saw the result of what happened, you knew what happened but it would have been nice to continue the scene-it was like an editing problem or the writer? for example, he's stuck on a rope on a bridge and she's on her way to get him and all of a sudden it's the next scene, therefore I'm not giving it the stars that I normally would. I also was not particularly happy with the ending as I felt it was rather abrupt although it appeared that the relationship with her mother would end up being harmonious after all. 3.5 stars.
SimlasaReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
I could have used more Moriarty and less Bacon.
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I watched this on a friend's recommendation.
It's NOT the sort of thing I'd ordinarily watch, primarily because of the 'Ricky' element. I do admire that the movie ventured into some difficult territory though, and carried it off pretty well.
I found Bacon's portrayal... bothersome. Sometimes seemed like a Jerry Lewis impersonation, other times it was fine... but the writing for the character also veered off at times, there was too much of that usual Hollywood thing where mentally-challenged people spout deep wisdom.
The rest of it was fine. I liked the family, the actresses, and the attention to period detail was great.
Ms. Moriarty was underused... I'd like to have seen more of her character.
Leslie HReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loss, Suffering, Healing, Understanding!
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These are the components of life so beautifully portrayed in this film. This is a little like drawing still shots, binding them together, then using your thumb to bend a side of the pages making time move forward creating time itself. The time of mankind in which we learn to show mercy toward those in life who are formed through differences and suffering. Time to think and ask questions before we judge those less competent than those who have been handed everything on a silver platter, such as a perfect mind and body. May we always remember the second command of Christ, Love your neighbor as yourself! Funny, quirky and well acted!!!
Artsy FartsyReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must See
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SO much about this movie is RIGHT ! I loved everything about it and all the loveliness of the friendship between Harriet and Ricky . It was very moving to say the least . I loved how genuine and heartfelt the friendship was . It reminds me that friendships can be as unique as people are and they can be found in the most uncanny places with people you would least expect . This movie had a lot of heart~ I LOVED it !
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TulliaReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Poignant Film
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This is a poignant tale about a ten-year old girl, Harriet, played by Evan Rachel Wood, and an intellectually challenged man, Ricky, played by Kevin Bacon, who become fast friends. Harriet's family runs a motel to which Ricky and his mother come to and stay for about a week. Ricky's mother is on her way to admitting Ricky to a home for special-needs adults. Harriet's family objects to her growing relationship with Ricky. Yet, the relationship is so meaningful it touches your heart. At one point, the two run away together.

Evan Rachel Wood puts in a fine performance as the feisty, curious, bright, wondrous ten-year old Harriet. But it is Kevin Bacon who is truly outstanding as the intellectually challenged young man. He evokes sympathy. He imparts compassion. He plays this part superbly. He captures the essence of a physically challenged and intellectually challenged young man and expresses his conflicts and pains. He should have received an award for this film.

I enthusiastically recommend this film.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a winner
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Very moving! The wholesomeness of their relationship was totally lost on the sister/mother. I loved the portrayal of innocent purity in both of the lead actors. The simple joys of childhood and the difficult situations of their life: she having lost her dysfunctional but loving mother, and he with the desparate longing not to have to go to a home. It was so wonderful for both of them to have the time of closeness and the bond of acceptance before they both had to accept their life circumstances. One can image that the richness of their relationship strengthened them and never left them.
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xocotlReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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PURE and innocent.True friendship knows no boundaries.The characters face their respective emerging growth.Sure there are pitfalls,as humans are expected to be imperfect.Recommended for family viewing. There are lots of values that can be learned from this movie.There should be a mature person who should be around youngsters though.Great portrayals of every character.Kevin Bacon nailed it again.Everyone including Harriet,the girl,is very spontaneous and natural in acting.AWESOME FILM!
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