Is There Life Out There?
Reba McEntire stars as Lily, who is blessed with a loving, supportive husband (Keith Carradine), two terrific kids, and a close relationship with her father, Walter (Donald Moffat). All is well in Lily’s life until a close brush with breast cancer and the death of her father make her keenly aware of her own mortality, and she realizes that something important is lacking. Since Lily sacrificed a college education to get married and have a family, both she and her husband agree that the time is right for her to go back to school and pursue her dream.
Finding the time and energy to meet the demands of college life is especially tough for Lily, since she must work part-time as a waitress to help make ends meet. There is also a culture clash between the rarefied social air of campus and her husband’s life as a carpenter. His supportive attitude begins to give way to exasperation and concern that his wife is slipping away from her family. Besides dealing with the academic challenge of the classroom and her husband’s frustration, LIly must confront other difficult aspects contemporary life on campus, which also threaten her marriage.
The strength of Lily’s resolve and the love she shares with Brad prevail, however, and both her life and her marriage are ultimately made richer.
This movie starts out with Reba McEntire singing the theme song, the same title as the movie “Is There Life Out There?” The singing and acting is very good in this film. This movie not only depicts a young mom who is trying to achieve her life goals and dreams by returning to school, but still cares for her widowed father. Even after her father’s death, she cherishes his memory by keeping his farm running. She also sends another message of love when her teen sister is rebellious and Reba tries to reach out to her in spite of her attitude.
The other message of self-respect is clearly evident when she is alone with a young man from her college and he makes sexual advances towards her. She portrays that no matter what a woman’s age or status is that “no” still means “no!” Even her husband shows self-control in this situation when his instincts might have told him otherwise. Though the plot in this film tends to move a little slow at times, there are many good “life lessons” for a wide array of audiences to view. Unfortunately, due to a character being “damned” in the film, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.