- Commentary by actor David Schwimmer and director Matt Mulhern
Top Customer Reviews
The film is brief and precise in portraying Schwimmer, as a loving husband and father of two but needed to go to work in a casino at odd hours and as a result too tired to attend to his daughters and wife, within the first few minutes through a series of speechless montage. Even we are under the impression Duane has drinking problem, throughout the film this problem and his behavior disorder are never revealed in depth. Neither the cause of his dismissal from the job or his hostility toward his ex-wife's boyfriend is due to his drinking problem. Even his wife, who filed the denial of his visiting right to the children and finally decided to take the children away to another town, is not portrayed as cruel and unreasonable but rather sympathetic on the contrary.
Unlike many films before starting `Kramer vs. Kramer' (1979), it is obvious that this film does not make anyone or any societal situation as an escapegoat to the cause of the divorce and its unfortunate result. Many others till this day, like `The Squid and the Whale' (2005) and `The Weather Man' (2005), still tries to find the cause of the tragedy of divorce family in one of its characters' personality deficiency. And their efforts will never present us a satisfactory remedy.Read more ›
*eating those words*
By the end of the film, I had to completely reassess my feelings toward David Schwimmer. Give the fellow a good role and he will shine! Two scenes exemplify: the discussion with his ex's new beau over his daughter's weight (i.e. when he grabs the baseball bat) and his trip to AA. Wow. I'd have never guessed him capable of such intensity. Janeane Garofalo really surprised me as well. Who knew!?!?!!
I often hear negative comments regarding the film's slow pace. As if "slow" is a thing to be avoided in movies. The pace really gives time to let the gravity of events sink in. A fast pace, while great for an action movie, would cheapen a film like this beyond repair.
Summed up: Fantastic story and performances, incredible atmosphere and a wonderful soundtrack!
Both of my grubby little thumbs go way, way up for this one!
Now that I have finally seen it on video, I have to say it's the best film I've seen all year. It's the first film I actually cared to watch to the end. The writing, directing, casting and acting are excellent.
David Schwimmer should have been nominated for an Oscar. Very Truthful portrayal of an alcoholic. Much better than "Leaving Las Vegas.". Hell, This film is better than most of the junk the big studios dish out every year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little movie; you probably never heard of it....Shakespearean and, perhaps, David Schwimmer's best movie.Published 19 months ago by Carter Gresham
I would buy this movie again, I am using it to show many dui clients. they have used this therapeutically.Published 22 months ago by jeanne hairston
Great movie. I wanted to see this film because it was filmed at my place of employment and surrounding area. It was a great movie to watch.Published on December 3, 2013 by CarNut
Had this movie along time ago and apparently had lost it. Really glad I bought it again. This is my favorite movie of all time, coming in close second is "Eternal Sunshine of the... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Greggory D. Whitman
I see very little that was enjoyable about this movie until the very end. This drunk washed up good for nothing does despicable things the whole movie and the viewer is supposed... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Imightyaphrodite
This is a really good movie. David Schwimmer is excellent as an alcoholic whose life is falling apart. He gets a d.u.i. Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Brandon Moskos
Just saw this movie on cable. I passed over it at my local DVD store and that was a mistake. Great performances! But this review is to praise the music in the film. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by John
Duane Hopwood is one of my favourite films of all time. Being a big fan of David Schwimmer I was really looking forward to the release of the DVD and after watching it for the... Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by J. Wilkes
This movie stays away from predictability, and tells a
sobering (excuse the pun) story about life, divorce
and alcoholism. Read more