Woody Harrelson

'The Glass Castle' is an unconventional-family tale with heart and a strong performance by Woody Harrelson

'The Glass Castle' is an unconventional-family tale with heart and a strong performance by Woody Harrelson

"I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster."

That's the unnerving first sentence of Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir, "The Glass Castle," and its audacious combination of candor, unsentimentality and sheer storytelling skill illustrates both why it spent 261 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and why, intensely dramatic though it is, this story was a long shot to become the tough and touching film, honest and heartfelt, it largely turns out to be.

For to do justice to the flat-out Dickensian childhood Walls and her siblings experienced with the nominal...

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