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The New York Daily News did a review for Katie’s directorial debut of All We Had.

Katie Holmes, who is undoubtedly more famous for her former coupling with Tom Cruise than any of her acting work, dumps her previous baggage and travels light in her directorial debut.

“All We Had” is a solid base hit as her first time behind the camera. From certain angles this movie might seem more like a “Saturday Night Live” parody of what a “festival movie” looks like, but judged on its own terms, the indie drama is not half bad.

Holmes stars as Rita, a broke mother of bright 14 year-old Ruthie (Stefania LaVie Owen), in bad need of a facial and some dental work. But beyond her rough edges — and, yes, with the aid of movie magic makeup, Joey from “Dawson’s Creek” can pass for destitute — Rita has boundless love for her daughter. After ditching her latest jerk boyfriend, and stealing his TV, they drive as far as their jalopy will take them, which is to a greasy spoon. Hungry and strapped for cash, they attempt a dine-and-dash, but the big-hearted owner Marty (Richard Kind) ends up offering them waitress jobs instead.

From there, “All We Had” switches into theater workshop mode, as characters drift in and out for cheeseburgers and coffee. Most notable is Luke Wilson as a dentist struggling with alcoholism who has eyes for Rita, and Marty’s transgender niece (Eve Lindley) as the would-be theater performer, Peter Pam. In time, the extended family of wounded individuals grows, despite the threat of poverty, addiction and prejudice.

Holmes’ first feature hums along at a decent clip, but there’s a predictable nature to the plot points, especially for movie-goers who watch a lot of independent films. No, there isn’t anything specifically wrong with this movie, but it’s near impossible to advocate for it too strongly.

Peter Pam’s YouTube videos, intended to bring the house down, are just vamping to old Queen songs.

But hold on a few more scenes and there’s an extraordinary moment between Lindley and Holmes; a tender connection between two overwhelmed women trying to keep their lives together in the face of a cruel world. “All We Had” isn’t fine cuisine, but sometimes that simple meals served-up at a casual diner are tastier than we realize.


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