Parker's Anchor

 (47)5.21 h 50 min20177+
Grieving a great loss, Krystal Parker finds peace in reuniting with her childhood best friend. She builds strength in stepping out into the world and with the support of a small-town community, she finds love when she opens herself to new possibilities.
Marc Hampson
Jennica SchwartzmanChristopher MarquetteAmy Argyle
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Penny Johnson JeraldMichael BeachRyan SchwartzmanBrandon KeenerSarah Colonna
Jennica SchwartzmanRyan SchwartzmanAaron FairleyElizabeth Barnes
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MarcReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cuddle up and watch it with your Mom!
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Parker's Anchor features a wonderful and tender story about a woman whose life hits a roadblock and she must find a way to push forward with the help of some old and new friends. I watched the film in theaters with multiple audiences and tears were real, folks.

Full disclosure? I directed this film.
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vergerReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensitive and honest
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As an adopted child I am thankful that a childless couple elected to take me as an eight year old so many years. Given that my father's sister had five children and never ceased to refer to me as "the boy my brother and his wife raised," I realized that a woman unable to bear often met with snide and hurtful attitudes from some. No couple reigns over the sort of child that might be born to them should they be so blessed, that rests in the hands of Another Who orders all things as He will. And so also He orders the lives of those open to being blessed to adopt. This film was sensitive and honest about childlessness and the often feckless expectations of some spouses. At the same time the gradual movement of Krystal toward acceptance, healing, and joy was skillfully done.
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John D. CampbellReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly more "real" than Hollywood movies
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Tonight I decided to check out "Parker's Anchor" after watching one of a particular actor's past performances. That intrigue brought me here, but I must say the diverse cast on this movie surprised me. I wasn't familiar with this cast--which is of course normal for an indie production--but I must say I was actually fairly wowed at the natural feel of their performances. Very rarely did I feel like pieces were somewhat artificial. In fact, on the other hand, I actually did indeed question whether certain scenes were fully scripted or were completely organic interactions. They really felt real.

My review title says that it feels more "real than Hollywood movies" and that's not to prop up this film erroneously, nor with any coercion of bias. The dialogue was often more natural and realistic than anything you see in typical movies. Character interactions were completely relatable and reminded me of many of my friends here at home. I could absolutely see myself hanging out with any of these cast members--or at least their characters.

The plot was straightforward, but executed well. It falls into line with what real life actually would be, and that's refreshing. Often times, Hollywood movies are so over-the-top that despite the great acting, visuals, or sound (which I'll get to for this movie in a moment), it begs disbelief and skepticism. Yes, they are very enjoyable, but I almost never feel a true connection to the characters unlike this movie.

Connection to characters portrayed by actors and actresses is important and allows the worlds film makers try to craft to become deeper and more intimate with the audience. This is the kind of art I enjoy most: something I can connect to. You get that with this movie more often than not.

The movie is not completely without faults, but I can also say that about movies grossing hundreds of millions of dollars. While I enjoyed pieces of original music in this film (not sure if the music with vocals was original or not, however), it does feel overused. If not overused, then too prominent. While I am nowhere near capable of being a good film critic, I can say my opinion on the music was that it was appropriate at points and distracting at others. This may be in part, but not wholly, because of my limited familiarity with modern filmmaking that has put on immersing music into the visuals. I typically expect them at important inflection points and plot twists and not so much as a standard of the entire movie.

So yes, the over-prominence of music was initially quite distracting, but I wonder if this is an intended art style for this film. Regardless, my mind seemed to tune it down as the movie progressed.

Other than that, the movie had some very humorous moments that also, again, felt completely organic. There's virtually no forced humor in this movie. Thank you for this!

And of course I cannot leave out how much I enjoyed how Krystal's life and relationships evolve from something heartbreaking to something beautiful. The way this was done was great and I felt a sincere empathy for her and her situation.

Overall, I recommend this movie completely and it's really well done!
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Lianna E.Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
very nice sweet movie
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I was looking around for something to watch that I hadn't seen before and I stumbled across this movie. I'm sure glad that I did! It's tough to find a nice movie that isn't filled with violence or profanity etc, etc. I won't go into the plot many others have reviewed that. I just want to say that if you are looking for a nice movie to relax with, that leaves you feeling good at the end, this is it. The only jarring note to me was the soundtrack. At times it was like something you would hear in a bad sci-fi movie, didn't quite fit the vibe of the movie. Other than that, very enjoyable.
4 people found this helpful
Karen D.Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
the main actress doesn't inspire sympathy
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and that pretty much made the whole movie unwatchable. the music was really weird and didn't go with the movie at all. Its one of those movies where most of the actors seemed really self conscious and never get past that,as in some series or movies.
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Movie PhanReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Beautiful Film!
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A moving and beautifully produced movie. Terrific performances with a story which will make you laugh, cry and filled with hope. A movie to watch with loved ones which may give way to deep hugs afterwards.
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QueenOPearlsReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of THE most heart centered movies I have ever seen
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Watching it moment by moment I was enthralled and charmed. SO glad I watched. Just made my heart sing.
Thank you!!
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G manReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Strangely made, but great movie anyway.
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I liked everything about the movie, EXCEPT the cinematography and music. The plot, the personalities, the predicaments, the direction, etc. were all great. I recommend the movie. Great morals, inspiring people, BUT the weird bury out-of-focus scenes, the strange tense music, the off the wall convoluted depictions of thoughts and memories made this movie less than perfect. Amazon Prime should not have put this movie in the "Romantic Comedy" genre. It is primarily a Drama with a very little comedy and some romance. I gave it 4 stars because I believe strongly in the movie's overall presentation of purpose, hope, and destiny being greater than barrenness, divorce, and devastation.
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