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"Bringing Ashley Home" review by Suzanne
Premieres Sunday, March 20 at 8 pm et/5 pm pt

This is a really good movie. It's got a great script, and the actors do a fantastic job. It stars Jennifer Morrison (whom you may remember from "House") as Ashley, a sort of wild girl. She moves in with her older sister, Libba (played by A.J. Cook, late of "Criminal Minds"). Libba is clearly the more responsible of the two sisters. As the movie goes on, we find out why, and things get really hairy.

The first half of the movie is really the time for Morrison to shine as Ashley. We see her act weird and somewhat violent, and she descends into a life of drugs. The second half of the movie is all about Libba, and Cook does a great job in her half of the movie. Libba starts a crusade to find and help her sister, and along the way, she finds more meaning for her own life and helps others.

It's based on a true story, but you wouldn't really know it in terms of how good the writing is.  You don't want to miss this one!! It's very good TV.

FROM LIFETIME:

On March 20, Lifetime Movie Network will premiere the powerful film, based on a true story - Bringing Ashley Home, starring Jennifer Morrison (How I Met Your Mother, House M.D.), A.J. Cook (The Virgin Suicides, Criminal Minds) and Patricia Richardson (The West Wing, Home Improvement). The movie is inspired by a real-life hero Libba Phillips and follows her journey across America to find her adult sister, a bipolar addict who was turned out on the streets from rehab.

Bringing Ashley Home will premiere Sunday, March 20, 2010, at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT on Lifetime Movie Network.

JENNIFER MORRISON, A.J. COOK AND PATRICIA RICHARDSON HEADLINE LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK’S BRINGING ASHLEY HOME

Original Movie Based on One Woman’s Tireless Nationwide Search to Find Her Missing Sister to Premiere March 20

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 8, 2011) – Jennifer Morrison (How I Met Your Mother, House M.D.), A.J. Cook (The Virgin Suicides, Criminal Minds) and Emmy® and Golden Globe Award® nominee Patricia Richardson (The West Wing, Home Improvement) star in Lifetime Movie Network’s Bringing Ashley Home. Based on the true story about one woman’s tireless nationwide search for her troubled sister, the film will premiere

Sunday, March 20, 2011, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, on Lifetime Movie Network. Bringing Ashley Home follows the relationship between Libba Phillips (Cook), the responsible sister and her carefree, troubled younger sister Ashley (Morrison). When Ashley suddenly disappears without a trace, a distraught Libba and her mother, Michelle (Richardson), pour all of their efforts into finding her. After years of searching, the rest of Ashley’s family is exhausted but Libba increases her search, even quitting her job. Frustrated by the lack of resources available to locate missing adults, she creates an organization called "Outpost for Hope" and continues her search through some of the darkest parts of the country, never giving up hope.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Bringing Ashley Home is produced by Off the Grid Productions in association with Front Street Pictures for Lifetime Movie Network. Harvey Kahn (Lifetime’s Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story) executive produces along with Libby Beers, Lee Sosin (Bam’s World Domination) and Chris Rudolph (Beyond Sherwood Forest). Nick Copus (Nikita) directs the script from screenwriter Walter Klenhard (Lifetime’s Murder on Pleasant Drive), based on the People Magazine article entitled Bringing Her Sister Home.

ABOUT LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

Lifetime Movie Network is the sister network of Lifetime Television. 2010 was the network’s most watched year ever among Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, Women 25-54, Women 18+ and Total Viewers. Recently, Lifetime Movie Network reached more than 80 million U.S. subscribers, making it the industry’s fastest growing channel.* Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes myLifetime.com, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal. *Among channels with at least 70 million households.

A.J. Cook As “Libba Phillips”

Cook first made a name for herself in 1999 when she was cast in Sofia Coppola’s indie-hit The Virgin Suicides. She went on to star in the TV series Higher Ground, opposite Hayden Christensen, and landed roles in films including Final Destination 2, I’m Reed Fish, Ripper, Wishmaster 3, Out Cold, Misconceptions and Night Skies. Cook’s television credits include the Lifetime Original Movies Vanished and The House Next Door, as well as roles in Dead Like Me and Bloodsuckers. In 2003, she won the role of “Lindsay Walker” on Tru Calling, starring Eliza Dushku; and she can been seen as “Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau” in Criminal Minds, opposite Shemar Moore.

Jennifer Morrison As “Ashley Phillips”

Morrison is well known as “Dr. Allison Cameron” on the award winning series, House M.D. She can currently be seen on TV in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as a recurring role as “Zoey,” the newest love interest to “Ted,” played by Josh Radnor. In September 2011, she can be seen in the upcoming Lion’s Gate feature Warrior from director Gavin O’Connor, starring opposite Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. The film centers in the world of mixed martial arts. Morrison’s feature film credits include J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Surviving Christmas, Intersection, Mall Cop, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Table for Three, Miracle on 34th Street, Grind, The Zeroes, Big Stan and Stir of Echoes. Last year she made her Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker. Her additional television credits include featured roles in Lifetime’s Original Movie The Murder of Princess Diana, Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, The Edge, as well as appearances on Lifetime’s Any Day Now and Touched by an Angel.

Patricia Richardson As “Michelle McGee”

Richardson is best known for her portrayal of “Jill Taylor” on the long running series Home Improvement, for which she received four Emmy® and two Golden Globe® Nominations for "Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series." She also won a Vision Award and a Topaz Award from Women In Film in Texas. In 2009, Richardson and the rest of the Home Improvement cast received the "Fan Favorite" award at the TV Land Awards. Her other leading TV series roles include Double Trouble; CBS's Eisenhower and Lutz with Scott Bakula; NBC's FM with Robert Hays; and Lifetime's popular long-running series Strong Medicine, for which she received a Prism Award nomination and Commendation. Richardson recurred as Alan Alda's “Chief of Staff” from 2004-2006 on The West Wing and in Spring 2010, she appeared in NBC's The Jensen Project. She also starred in the miniseries' Blonde; Undue Influence with Brian Dennehy; and Lifetime's Sophie & the Moon Hanger. Richardson received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her first leading role in a film, starring opposite Peter Fonda in Ulee's Gold. Her other leading film credits include Dead Simple. In 2011, she will be seen in the independent films Beautiful Wave with Lance Henriksen and Aimee Teegarden and Give Me One Reason with Brad Dourif.

CREDITS

Produced by Front Street Pictures, Inc. and Off the Grid Productions in association with Time Inc Studios

THE CAST

Libba Phillips A.J. COOK
Ashley Phillips JENNIFER MORRISON
Michelle McGee PATRICIA RICHARDSON
Chuck McGee TIMOTHY WEBBER
Marquita ALIYAH O’BRIEN
David Powell JOHN REARDON
Tyler JAMES PIZZIANTO

PRODUCTION

Directed by NICK COPUS
Written by WALTER KLENHARD
Based on THE
PEOPLE MAGAZINE STORY
Executive Producer LEE SOSIN
Executive Producer HARVEY KAHN
Executive Producer LIBBY BEERS
Executive Producer CHRIS RUDOLPH
Produced by HARVEY KAHN
Director of Photography MAHLON TODD WILLIAMS
Production Designer MONIKA CHOYNOWSKI
Edited by JAMES ILECIC, C.C.E.
Music by MICHAEL NEILSON

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