The story of Like Dandelion Dust dramatizes a situation much like theirs. Rip Porter beats his wife and is an all-around, no good loser. He ends up in jail for 7 years. When he gets out, a changed man, his wife confesses she gave up their baby for adoption. He didn't even know she had been pregnant. Her mother forged his signature on the adoption papers. Rip doesn't even hesitate: he's going to get their baby back.
Meanwhile, Joey's a happy little boy living an idyllic existence as the only child of a couple who has a big house by the ocean, a big sailboat, lots of money, and apparently no job. They are shocked to get the call saying that Joey is going back to his birth parents. They fight it, of course, but since dad can prove that he didn't give up his parental rights, it's a clear case. Joey has to go with him.
|A tender moment with his birth mother.|
This is a great, emotional story, which brings up important issues, perhaps even an impetus to reexamine adoption law. However, as much as I want to love this movie, it loses points for being, at times, a weakly acted movie, almost teetering into the Lifetime made-for-TV genre. Thankfully, the story is strong enough to help me overlook the acting.
Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars.