Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ (Rachel Kitson), his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher (Samantha Mathis) and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take. Can we vault our differences and meet in the middle? This bittersweet comic drama tenderly explores the cultural divide in America through the lives of one extended family.
Lebanon, PA is three stories that intersect in a fairly religious community. An 18 year old girl who is pregnant and her father is a single parent father. A Philadelphia hot shot marketeer who is having an affair with a married woman while dealing with the death of his father. And the aforementioned woman who is a teacher in the high school, who knows the 18 year old. We don’t even know anything about her marriage; we just know she’s having an affair. This seems to be to a certain extent more a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, or an Oxygen made for tv movie than a movie theatre experience. It’s well-acted but it’s really kind of sad and dour and it’s a little hard to know what the point of this whole movie was other than people have to find their own way through this life. I’ll give it three stars.