Unlike many "family features" released in 1994, the mediocre TRADING MOM at least maintains a persuasively homey quality that distinguishes it from the plastic prefab kidpics of Hollywood's assembly-line. The prosaic explanation is that this is an independent production, shot off the
beaten track in Richmond, Virginia. The sentimental one is that debuting filmmaker Tia Brelis adapted material close to her heart: the 1966 storybook "The Mummy Market," penned by her mom, Nancy Brelis.
A modern fable dedicated "to our mothers," TRADING MOM tells the story of Mrs. Martin (Sissy Spacek), who has been the wage-earner for the household ever since her husband skipped ou...