Comedy Romantic - This folksy comedy-drama based on the novel of the same name is aimed
at older adults, particularly women. There is a large ensemble cast
of familiar faces, with some (Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg) having
larger parts than others. Some adult themes, language, and
suggestive humor make the film not for kids though generally gentle
Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) has lived her whole life in Big Stone Gap, a picturesque coal-mining town nestled in the hollers of southwestern Virginia. When she's not making deliveries from her family's pharmacy to far-flung neighbors, Ave Maria directs the annual Outdoor Drama, keeps chaste company with her longtime beau Theodore (John Benjamin Hickey), and exchanges good-natured barbs with local hunk Jack MacChesney (Patrick Wilson). Just as Ave Maria has resigned herself to life as the self-proclaimed town "spinster," she is caught off guard by a family secret, an unexpected marriage proposal and a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Big Stone Gap by movie legend Elizabeth Taylor. With everything she knows changing before her eyes, Ave Maria plans the adventure of a lifetime in Big Stone Gap, a sparkling romantic comedy about small-town life, working people and the triumph of love.