OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: MITCH ALBOM’S FOR ONE MORE DAY Review

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day - Michael Imperioli as Chick Benetto and Ellen Burstyn as Posey Benetto

If you don’t know what to watch on Sunday night, I might have just the right thing for you. How about spending two hours with the wonderful Ellen Burstyn and Michael Imperioli? They will both appear in OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: MITCH ALBOM’S FOR ONE MORE DAY TV movie on Sunday, December 9th at 9pm on ABC.

I was lucky to get a screener for the movie, but before I talk about the movie in itself, I thought I would mention a little story related to it. The first time I heard about For One More Day, I thought to myself “It sounds a lot like the HBO movie The Five People You Meet In Heaven” (which I absolutely loved) and of course I was more than willing to watch For One More Day. Turns out, Mitch Albom, the author of the book and writer for the film, is also the author of The Five People You Meet In Heaven. And funny enough, two of the actors appearing in For One More Day were also in The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Michael Imperioli and Ellen Burstyn.

Moving on to Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day.

The first thing I would like to talk about is the cast. With actors like Michael Imperioli, Ellen Burstyn, and Samantha Mathis, it’s hard to go wrong.

Michael Imperioli is probably better known for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti in HBO’s The Sopranos. Having never really followed The Sopranos myself, I didn’t associate him with any characters, which probably made it easier to enjoy his performance. Michael Imperioli plays Chick Bennetto, a former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and depression. He is able to bring this character to life and portray his evolution throughout the movie seamlessly.

Ellen Burstyn has had an amazing career with movies such as “The Exorcist,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Requiem For A Dream,” and so many more, and today she still lights up the screen as if it was still all new to her. She brings so much passion to her portrayal of Posey Benetto, Chick’s mother, it’s hard not to feel drawn into the movie and feel the love between mother and son through the screen.

Samantha Mathis, recently seen in “The Punisher” and “American Psycho”, plays the younger Posey Benetto. It is not always easy to play a younger (or older) version of a character when another actor plays the other part. It is important to make the audience believe this is the same person but, in this case younger. Samantha Mathis is able to make us believe she is the young Posey, still full of hope and dreams. She does that by expressing the same love for her children that we feel in the older character.

Let’s focus on the movie now.

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day is the perfect feel-good movie to watch on a cozy Sunday night at home. It tells the story of Chick Benetto an alcoholic and depressed former baseball player whose wife and daughter left him and whose mother died. Feeling he has no more reason for living, Chick drives back to his hometown with the intention to kill himself. At the very last second, he is “stopped” by a surprising visit. He has been granted one more day with the person that mattered the most in his life: his mother, Posey Benetto. Throughout the day, Chick learns secrets about his mother and his life growing up that will leave him changed forever.

The story is told through flashbacks between Chick’s life growing up with his parents and present Chick spending the day with his mother. It is done in a way that the audience experiences the movie through Chick’s eyes. It starts out in very dark colors and slowly becomes light when the encounter finally takes place.
For One More Day makes us feels as if we are witnesses to something special and magic.

This movie is guaranteed to warm your hearts and I would recommend having a box of tissues next to you in case.

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day premieres this Sunday, December 9th at 9pm on ABC.

For as far as I can remember, I have always loved TV movies like this one, and if you do too, make sure your watch Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day.