Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.

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A memorable and folky score from John Mellencamp keeps things moving along, but clunky dialogue and an overreliance on voiceover prevent Ithaca from ever becoming more than a pr...
106d ago
Ms. Ryan’s muted approach may be what we’ve come to expect of looks back at this period — nostalgia always comes with a lot of browns and grays, and with plenty of voice-over (i...
106d ago
Meg Ryan's directorial debut is an uneven adaptation of William Saroyan's "The Human Comedy."
106d ago
This movie is resolute about being as homey and obvious as it can possibly be. Somewhere, Norman Rockwell is thinking, “Sheesh, even I was edgier than this.”
106d ago
The film is confused in conception, dreary in execution, and completely lacking in forward momentum.
106d ago
Set to a countrified score by John Mellencamp that further douses everything in down-home treacle, it's the rare film to miss its every mark.
106d ago
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