She leans hard on her son, played by Sam Waterston (Law & Order), who supports the family but dreams of a bigger brighter life outside the tenement where he lives and the factory where he works.
She coddles her daughter, a nervous girl with a limp and an inferiority complex. Laura is painfully shy and unable even to attend school without becoming physically ill. Mama wants a young man for Laura, but prospects are few.
The story, told through the eyes of the son, hinges on what happens when he brings a friend (Michael Moriarty) from work home to meet his sister.
I liked the movie, but I have a hard time not liking Katharine Hepburn. It was cool to see Sam Waterston and Michael Moriarty (both from Law & Order) together in the film.