I have to be completely honest with you; I forgot about Meg Ryan's directorial debut, the folksy WWII-era drama, Ithaca. That's bad because I was there at the world premiere last year at Middleburg, with Ryan in attendance. Obviously the film didn't leave much of an impression on me, but audiences could flock to see the actress reunite with Tom Hanks, her co-star in beloved rom-coms You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Joe vs. the Volcano.
Set in 1942 and based on William Saroyan's novel, The Human Comedy, the film centers on Homer (Alex Neustaedter), a teenage boy living in a small-town hit hard by the war. With his father recently deceased and older brother (Jack Quaid) shipped off to fight, Homer works as a telegraph messenger to support his struggling mother, played by Ryan. Those expecting to see a lot of Hanks and Ryan together may be disappointed as he only has a very brief, but emotional cameo.
Also starring Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard, Ithaca gets a limited theatrical run on September 9th.