Replacing Dad

Replacing Dad

Joyce Chopra (1999)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Oscar-nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves) portrays a small-town Florida woman who must pick up the pieces after husband William Russ (from TV's Boy Meets World) dumps her for their daughter's fifth-grade teacher. Initially angry and depressed, she slowly begins to pick up the pieces of her life, much to the chagrin of her faithless spouse. What starts out as an interesting portrait of a wife struggling to find happiness deteriorates into a standard "woman done wrong, then gets strong" string of clichés. At its best when depicting the downward spiral of the jilted heroine, this TV movie stumbles with the tacked-on melodramatic ending. For viewers depressed about their life, the crises faced by McDonnell will make their problems seem positively trivial by comparison.


A woman turns to her supportive mother for help after her unfaithful husband leaves her and their three children to move in with his lover. Family drama, starring Mary McDonnell, William Russ, Jack Coleman and Erik von Detten.

Cast & Crew

Linda Marsh Mary McDonnell
George Marsh William Russ
Dr Mark Chandler Jack Coleman
Drew Erik von Detten
Dixie Tippi Hedren
Director Joyce Chopra
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