Like Dandelion Dust

Theatrical Release: September 24, 2010
DVD Release: January 25, 2011
Like Dandelion Dust


Based on the best-selling novel by Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust is a compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the grittily realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porter’s, and the privileged Campbell family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film is wonderfully acted, bravely exposing the humanity in each character and reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time.

Dove Review

Rip Porter (Berry Pepper) is taken off to jail for abusing his wife Wendy (Mira Sorvino); he has no idea that he will wind up in prison and that she is pregnant with their child. She gives birth to a son and then adopts him out. Years later when Rip is released, and he seems genuinely reformed, he and Wendy reunite. When Rip learns he is a father, he insists on fighting to gain custody of his son, Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton).

Jack and Molly Campbell (Cole Hauser and Kate Levering) have raised Joey for the last six years and they have a wonderful relationship with their adopted son and love him like their own. They are devastated when they hear his biological parents want him back. This story is filled with plenty of drama and the viewer will most likely sympathize with both sides. However, it soon becomes clear that Rip is not ready to be a father and the question becomes: will Joey be forced to move away from the only parents he has ever known?

This compelling drama will have the viewer thinking seriously about these moral issues: should an adopted child ever be allowed to be reclaimed by his biological parents? Is the child’s welfare really considered in these cases or simply which side the law falls on? Does true love sometimes mean giving up the person you love the most? And, why is it some wives remain in abusive relationships and how far should forgiveness be extended?

All the principal actors hit the right notes and Barry Pepper does a tremendous job as a complex man who seems to be a good guy except when his temper flares up. Then he becomes an abusive husband.

This is a moving family drama and recommended for ages twelve plus due to the mature themes. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to “Like Dandelion Dust.” How nice to watch a well-written and directed drama without the use of gratuitous profanities.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Dancing between husband and wife.
Language: None
Violence: Man abuses his wife in a few scenes; man is arrested by police; man grabs child by arm and the child's arm is bruised; two men fight; man smashes mirror; Haitian guards pull gun on man and wife and child as they attempt to flee the border; dog bites man in face.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes including a bar scene; wine with meals; smoking in a few scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage in a couple of scenes.
Other: The topics of adoption and abortion are discussed; a child being sent back and forth between his adoptive and biological parents; a man is offered a bribe; the topic of wife abuse; a child is forced to take a shower with his clothes on.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Stephen J. Rivele and Michael Lachance (Based on the novel by Karen Kingsberry)
Director: Jon Gunn
Producer: Kevin Downes, Bobby Downes and Kerry David
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Starring: Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Kate Levering, Maxwell Perry Cotton and Cole Hauser
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter