Stanley Cox is an illiterate short-order cook who has never taken a chance at love. Iris King is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to love again. Still grieving eight months after her husband's death, she lives from paycheck to paycheck and raises two children. To make ends meet, she rents out space to her sister and brother-in-law who have financial and marital problems as well. Her daughter seeks escape through the company of boys resulting in an out of wedlock pregnancy, which makes matters worse. However, as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives - together.—MGM/UA Home Video
widow, cook, boss, daughter, son, sister, moving, sad, inspiring, bakery, cafeteria, garage, house, illiteracy, grief, teaching, teen pregnancy, unemployment, friendship, love, rise, transformation, 1990s
The elements are in place but they don't add up to great drama in this well-meant effort to personalize the plight of illiterate people.
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