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Based on the true childhood experiences of director Derick Martini, Lymelife is the coming of age story of 15-year old Scott growing up in suburban Long Island. While caught up in his first love, Scott watches the relationships of his parents and their neighbors slowly crumble as they try to keep up with the changing times and expectations of the 1970s. Critically acclaimed, Lymelife features a magnificent ensemble cast, with incredible performances that make you laugh and cry along with them.

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton
  • Directors: Derick Martini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FP1426
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lymelife" on IMDb

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate Smart on October 24, 2009
Format: DVD
I am still shocked that some reviewer wrote "laugh out loud funny" after seeing this film. Granted, there are moments where you might smile. But more than anything, this film is sad; depicting the genuine heartache that is wrought when a family falls apart.
Baldwin and Nixon - both excellent actors - are good, but not brilliant. I expected better. The acting performance of Emma Roberts is terrible - that her aunt is Julia Roberts no doubt explains her being granted this role. Timothy Hutton, however, as the lyme-diseased, depressed husband who witnesses his wife's infidelity - deserves the highest accolades. His performance in this film is flawless, portraying a man suffering from a disease that has rendered him incapable of functioning as the man he once was. I found his performance riveting and heartbreaking. Kieran Culkin is the next Sean Penn - that is a given. His underscored performance as a love-struck, confused teen was excellent. And his brother - Rory Culkin - was also excellent. Hutton and the kids stole this film. I don't want to go over the plot - but I do recommend this film. It is well-done, and well-acted....but it's not "laugh out loud funny" at all. Whenever children suffer, there is little to laugh at.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 28, 2009
Format: DVD
I admit that I picked this for viewing because of Alec Baldwin. The guy may have had his shares of troubles but he is quite a charismatic actor (well, in some movies more than others). Set in Long Island, N.Y., the time period is the mid-70s, and it also has two Culkin brothers in it. Rory Culkin portrays a 15-year-old, Scott Bartlett whose parents,real estate developer Mickey (Alec Baldwin in a wolfish and arrogant role) and passive mother, Brenda (Jill Hennessy) reflect the trappings of a successful life, but are not altogether happy in their marriage. Scott is however more concerned with the girl next door, attractive Adrianna (Emma Roberts of Nancy Drew) who sort of teases him, but has other romantic inclinations. Adrianna' mom, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon)works for Mickey, and portrays a long-suffering wife who has to deal with her Lyme-disease addled husband, Tommy (Timothy Hutton). Oh, and there's Scott's brother Jimmy (Kieran Culkin), who's on leave from the army.

The drama of the two families unfolds slowly, portraying the gradual unraveling of two marriages, whilst also delving into the sexual awakening of an adolescent boy who is tormented by his attraction to Adrianna, and also concerned about his parents' marriage. Rory Culkin does a credible job of playing the angsty teen, and grows on the viewer, eliciting one's empathy for the growing pains he goes through, without being overly melodramatic or sentimental. There's a good balance between the dark and light in this drama, and the ensemble cast does a great job in maintaining this balance, especially Alec Baldwin who plays true to type here.

The story is far from fresh or original,as there have been so many other movies made about dysfunctional families, and adolescence (one of my favorites is "The Squid and the Whale") yet it strikes a chord, and this is largely due to the heartfelt performance by Rory Culkin. Another well-made coming-of-age movie is The Education of Charlie Banks.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2009
Format: DVD
3.4 stars

Ok, so it's a true story. The script is fair enough, direction too. The acting is uniformly decent, with Baldwin as usual stealing the show. The lead is likeable enough. So why didn't I enjoy this film?

Good question. Probably because it's just a little too realistic, meaning there's a lack of redemption, or whatever it is that makes art art and life not so art. I just found it all too bleak, in a very bland sort of way. Yes, the suburbs are full of deception and disappointment and dismay and d-everything. But that doesn't mean I want to watch them played out on screen...unless something really special and revealing occurs. And here, it doesn't.

Well done, but I'd recommend you watch American Beauty or Ordinary People or Kramer vs. Kramer or any of the many other superior suburban drams. Sadly, this one never gets there, despite good work all around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on June 6, 2012
Format: DVD
First off this is NOT the "laugh out loud, violently funny" comedy that is advertised on the front of the box. There are some minor moments of humor and most of that is uncomfortably funny. The film takes place in 1979, with music from an earlier time, and a lame indie style soundtrack. Charley (Timothy Hutton) has Lyme disease. He is not all there, but is not totally out of it. His wife, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon) works for Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin). He is an architect on Long Island and she sells real estate. Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) emulates his dad and has a love interest in Adrianna (Emma Roberts) the daughter of Charley and Melissa. Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) is Scott's brother who is home from leave from the army. Jill Hennessy plays Brenda, the unhappy wife of Mickey who wants to go back to the Queens.

The film was excellently acted and was perhaps too uncomfortable for my liking. There are scenes of adultery and fighting as the movie centers around how Scott copes with life in his "coming of age" story. If you are looking for a well acted indie drama about long island and Lyme disease, this is it. If you want a quirky laugh out loud fumy production, look elsewhere.

Excessive f-bombs, minor sex scene, nude magazine centerfold.
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