Writer/director Alan Jacobs is so committed to downplaying melodrama in his somber road movie that he sucks all the dramatic life out of his message.
Distraught because her daughter Mia (Alexandra Holden) has run away just before the Christmas holidays, divorcee Penny seeks advice from her own parents, Martin (James Coburn) and Anne Tillman (Barbara Bain). But even in her Vermont hometown, trouble dogs Penny's steps. While buying Christmas presents at the mall for her parents, she crosses paths with an armed mugger. The next thing you know, the Tillmans are conducting Penny's funeral service. Grief-stricken,
Martin sets out to accomplish two goals: To bring runawa...