Lifetime TV movie review: The Trip to Bountiful


Carrie [Mother] Watts [Cicely Tyson] lives with her diligent, over-protective son Ludie [Blair Underwood] and conceited daughter-in-law Jessie Mae [Vanessa Williams]. Under Jessie Mae’s rules and clutches, unable to drive, Mother Watts feels suffocated and merely wants to visit her hometown of Bountiful. She tries repeatedly to escape infuriating Jessie Mae and frustrating Ludie. Finally Mother Watts manages to escape to the local bus station where she befriends Thelma [Keke Palmer] who’s on her way home to her parents while her husband’s off fighting the war. The pair proceeds to share endearing moments. This time around Mother Watts may have outsmarted Ludie and Jessie Mae and may make it home to Bountiful one last time.

“People ask me why I don’t have children and I say I have Ludie and Mother Watts and that’s all I need.”

Why watch?

–Based on Oscar, Pulitzer Prize, and Emmy Award-winning author Horton Foote’s Tony-award-nominated play.

–Now you get a chance to see it on Lifetime what Cecily Tyson won a Tony for on Broadway.

–Cecily Tyson brings depth, humor and sensitivity to her character. She’s at times a riot and at times truly moving. Tyson’s a legend and wonderful to watch.


–Lovely Vanessa Williams is flawless as uptight and stingy daughter-in-law Jessie Mae.

–Gorgeous Blair Underwood plays the subdued Ludie, stuck between his overbearing, demanding wife and his elderly mom. He wants both women to get along and be content which proves a near impossible task.

–Keke Palmer’s always a delight onscreen.

–First Lady Michelle Obama recently screened The Trip to Bountiful at The White House.

The Trip to Bountiful isn’t about an old woman’s hopeless, wanderlust obsession. It’s about persistence. It’s about home. It’s about a sense of place. It’s about belonging.

–Beautifully acted and scripted, The Trip to Bountiful must not be missed.

The Trip to Bountiful premieres Saturday, March 8 ET/PT on Lifetime.

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