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People and critics throw out the phrase "works on so many levels". This is an ideal film to model that nebulous concept. You could ask 50 people to screen it and ask them what they think it is about, and you would get 50 different responses. You could ask those same 50 people to screen it again in 5 years, and then ask them what they think it's about. You would get 50 different responses again. And so on and so on. You would get "it's about suicide", "it's about [someone] that dies", "it's about a family tragedy", "it's about teen depression", "it's about a cold mother", "it's about a dysfunctional family", and on and on. These are all true (and then some) so it's nearly impossible to describe this film in a nutshell.
"Ordinary People" (the movie and the great book from which it was adapted) shows us how families can go on for years and years (and even generations) without ever realizing or having to assess how everyone feels about one another. Some families get away with it, for things run smoothly on the surface. But sometimes things happen to shatter that facade. Could be an illness, a drug problem, a divorce, a death, whatever. Sometimes something so terrible happens that a family is forced to face each other and speak the unspoken. But sometimes, the unspoken simply cannot be spoken, at least by some of the members.
That is the case with this family.Read more ›
"Ordinary People" is carefully crafted, incredibly honest, and touching. Each character is depicted with great depth and sincerity. Hutton delivered an intense, thoughtful and true performance, receiving a well-deserved Oscar for best supporting actor, although the title, best actor, would have been more suitable... the role was made for him, and he owned it with such care, often speaking more with his eyes and body language than words. Another highlight is Mary Tyler Moore, who tackled her first dramatic role amazingly, surprising audiences with her profound, Oscar worthy and most memorable portrayal.Read more ›
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This film holds up well after all these years. Intense and reality based. The best dramatic performance Mary Tyler Moore has ever delivered. No Rhoda nor any laughs here. Read morePublished 1 day ago by jeffnovember
I enjoyed watching this movie again after so many years. Just excellent acting by all the cast. Timothy Hutton was absolutely superb! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Deborah
I had not seen Ordinary People in decades. I bought it because I was curious to see it again, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Read morePublished 6 days ago by William Lance Lenon
I'm another person who has watched this movie probably 25 times. One of the best movies of all time.Published 1 month ago by Snowbound
Deep, heart-felt movie about the devastation of a family who by appearances have everything.Published 1 month ago by n.beth