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Simon Messerman (William Hurt) is an insurance salesman who happens to read voraciously and speaks in quotations of famous writers and thinkers. His wife Judith (Rita Wilson) is equally bright, quotes as often as William, but adds a flavor of correcting people's grammar and living in a world of her beloved composers (Chopin, Schumann, Mozart, etc). They have two sons - Clive (David Call) is a long-haired math genius who despite his gifts spends his time playing loud hard rock music and speaking in a language all his own, and William (Brett Davern) who is devoted to his more intelligent brother but longs for a sense of normalcy in a family that tends to fragment at odd times. Clive's best friend and the only person who understands his special language is Elliot (Hale Appleman): the two of them essentially keep to themselves and smoke pot while they are not entertaining the 'homeless' Sandra (Michelle Trachtenberg). Sandra chooses to live in the basement of the Messerman house to avoid coping with her own abusive parents. The four youngsters are a team of sorts, thought the interrelationship roles each plays is not at first apparent.Read more ›
This movie might not be for everyone, but definitely a well done one.
The story mainly focuses on the two brothers (and the girlfriend of the oldest brother). Throughout the movie, we're never really sure if the parents are just being extra supportive of their oldest son or whether he really does have an exceptional talent for math. You see, he spends his days sitting around doing drugs, playing guitar and listening to music.
The girlfriend of the oldest brother secretly lives in the basement. Only the two brothers are aware of this, though neither brother ever brings it to the others attention so yeah, it's basically treated as a really big secret. She's played by the beautiful Michelle Trachtenberg (who sort of resembles the current Wendy's girl we see on commercials but with black hair- not the same girl however). She sort of has the hots for the younger brother.
While one could argue there's not much of a plot, I actually think the movie excels at just being a different type of family drama. Something that stands apart from the norm. It's most certainly a drama with subtle elements of humor (such as the father getting drunk and high and making a jerk out of himself at the dinner table in one segment).
What I DIDN'T like is the final 5 minutes. Without giving it away, there's a major curveball thrown here (no pun intended) and the part that comes after... well let's just say, I didn't care for it at all.Read more ›
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Was ok. Haven't really recommended it cause I'm not sure if it was entertaining.Published 9 months ago by Counselor
This movie starts out slow and never gets any faster. The only reason I watched this movie is because my granddaughter had a bit part in it.Published on February 11, 2013 by David R. Betteridge