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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/one_true_thing.jpg]] ² [[caption-width-right:350: Love what you have]]²Ellen Gulden (Creator/ReneeZellweger) works as a journalist for ''New York Magazine'' and has a great boyfriend, at the request of her father George (Creator/WilliamHurt), Ellen returns home to New Jersey to care for her mother Kate (Creator/MerylStreep), Ellen soon realizes that her parents aren't what that they seem to be. ²²!!Tropes in this film:²* TheEighties: The movie takes place between summer 1987 and March 1988.²* AMinorKidroduction: The movie opens on Ellen and her brother Brian when they're 8 and 4 years old.²* BigApplesauce: Most of the film is set in New York City where Ellen works.²* BigScrewedUpFamily[=/=]DysfunctionalFamily: The Guldens in spades, for starters Ellen's father George [[spoiler: has affairs with his female students]], her mother Kate [[spoiler: is suffering from terminal cancer]] and her younger brother Brian [[spoiler: is flunking out of college]].²* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: George]] is implied as this to Ellen after she discovers that [[spoiler: he has slept with his younger students]].²* CallingTheOldManOut: Ellen confronts her father about [[spoiler: his dalliances with his students]] and his selfish attitude towards her [[spoiler: dying]] mother.²* ChristmasEpisode: One scene takes place shortly before Christmas.²* HalloweenEpisode: Ellen and Kate attend a Halloween carnival dressed as a witch and a fortune teller, respectively.

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