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The Daytrippers (1997)

Hope Davis , Stanley Tucci , Greg Mottola  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Pat McNamara
  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Writers: Greg Mottola
  • Producers: Campbell Scott, David Heyman, Jonathan Stern, Larry Kamerman, Nancy Tenenbaum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004STRF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Daytrippers" on IMDb

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It's the day after Thanksgiving, and Long Island wife Eliza finds a note that makes her suspect her husband, Louis of having an affair with some woman named Sandy. So she and her obnoxious family all pile into the station wagon and drive up and down lower Manhattan searching for Louis so Eliza can talk to him face-to-face. Trapped in a car all day, they're going through the same motions over and over again, like vaudevillians who know only one routine. Finally, as the family gets closer to the problem at hand, they stumble into the truth about themselves.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, well executed. July 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
For the most part, I agree with the other reviews I've seen here, with two exceptions, and I'll concentrate on those. Describing the Parker Posey character as "promiscuous" and "one-note" is, I believe, missing the mark. The day trip is significant for her in that as it continues, her feelings for her boyfriend are tested as she hears him express his views and describe the book he's writing, then sees his views tested by a man of strong intellect (who also tests her commitment to the relationship). And I think that the reason that Ann Meara makes another viewer want to put a hole in his TV is that she is so on-target with her portrayal of a controlling mother and wife. This film is, for the most part, funny, but it is ultimately surprising, sad, and touching.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New transfer badly needed January 12, 2010
The film is outstanding -- Mottola's best, in my opinion.

However, this review is of the DVD itself. The transfer is soft with a lot of compression artifacts that distort the image. The most glaring flaw, though, is that (like its region 2 counterpart) the film is presented in a 1.33:1 ratio rather than the original widescreen. I've held off on owning this for quite a few years, waiting for it to be presented in its original aspect ratio. Not at least getting the option of seeing the film's original framing as it was composed for theaters is a rare situation in the DVD (and now Blu-Ray) era, and I don't want to encourage this blunder with a purchase.
Superbad and Adventureland were both pretty popular, so why no new release of their outstanding predecessor, with a nice anamorphic transfer?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars . February 16, 2000
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A charming, pleasant little comedy, which avoids triteness, and all-too-easy cliches, quite admirably. As they say, this is the kind of flick that gives independant films a good name. I found the humor of the film richly appealing primarily because it never imposes itself on you. Amusing situations are allowed to be amusing in and of themselves; they aren't centered around specific jokes that are being shoved at you. As a result of its subtlety, the movie is never quite hilarious -- but what it gains is a consistent atmosphere of agreeable charm and surprisingly three-dimensional characters. The attempt to mix in such intense drama towards the end of the film feels a bit heavy-handed, and is maybe a bit overdone; and the ending itself is a bit befuddling and mildly unsatisfactory. Yet these qualms are minor, and well outweighed by the film's merits.
Liev Schreiber is a treat as Posey's boyfriend, and Campbell Scott pops up, amusingly, as a sleazy author. Hope Davis fits her role like a glove, and is also one of the cutest women I've ever seen. All in all, a fine movie, and a very agreeable way to pass 90 minutes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a suggestion February 18, 2006
It's clear that the vhs and dvds are long out of print and difficult or expesive to find. I got an international (multi-region)dvd player a couple years ago, and it's payed off. This movie is much easier to find in the region 2 format. Same movie, same features, can't play on regular north american dvd players. People who like this movie are likely to seek out hard to find movies, you might be surprised at what you can find from different counties. Of course, in five years all these hard to find movies may become available through new on-demand cable or whatever.

I loved this movie, saw it when it was in theaters, then watched a copy I taped off cable. Now I have a dvd. It's become a traditional day-after-Thanksgiving movie for me (that's when the movie takes place). Definitely a molasses paced character drama/comedy. Not for everyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection Classic January 19, 2004
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Viewers expecting raucous laughs, and slapstick humor will be terribly disappointed with this film. The Daytrippers' humor lies in the nuances of the realistic characters, the subtly sarcastic dialogue, and the film's overall quiet resolve despite the ridiculous situation presented. Lovers of "Seinfeld" (like myself) will watch this movie again and again...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie. April 28, 2000
A movie of this quality only comes by once a year. Indie Queen Parker Posey is brilliant, as always. The characters are so real you feel like you actually know them. To call this wonderful film a "slice of life" would be too simplistic. This is a journey of discovery. If you will sit in the car with them for 90 minutes, you might even come to learn something about yourself. Filmmaking at its best is when several characters can be in a place, not talking, and you know what each is thinking about and you care about them. See it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trips Galore November 22, 2000
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The title for this movie is very apt for more than one reason. One is that this movie is literally about a family (plus one daughter's boyfriend) which takes a DAY TRIP into the city (NYC, we are led to assume) to investigate a familial concern. The other reason is something rather inherent in the movie - that in many instances, more than one thing is meant by many sayings and gestures in the movie - it is a film that consistently plays on ambiguities. Literally, this family throughout the whole day is "tripping" around - discovering strange things about its various members, discovering strange things in its journey, etc.
Meet the Malones: Jim Malone, the father (rather laid back and subdued and warmhearted) who suffers at the domineering tyranny of his wife, the acerbic and biting Rita (played very well and VERY hilariously by Anne Meara, a comic actress of no small talent) who is openly disapproving and derisive of her younger daughter Jo, (played by Parker Posey in probably the best movie she's ever starred in) a college girl who is rather rebellious drinking straight out of the family orange juice and Coca-Cola bottles, who has a red streak in her hair and is the girlfriend of Karl (Liev Schreiber), a miseducated but somewhat decent intellectual who is also sadly the butt of the screenwriter's sophisticated, subtle jokes.
Also in the family is Eliza (Hope Davis), the eldest daughter. It is when she, who as a married adult (to Louis D'Amico, played by Stanley Tucci, a literary agent) discovers in her morning cleaning duties an article which she thinks is a love note either to or from her husband that the actions and events originate. She remains skeptical about the note; it is her nosy, pushy mother who directs the action and the investigation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this movie!
This movie is so funny!!! I love Parker Posey and this is one of her best movies! Her mother's character is practically in love with her boyfriend, Carl. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by tammyg
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
I received this video in quick time, and both the packaging and content were great! Sometimes older movies that have been put into DVD have this awful shadowing where the scenes... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by siena21
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Movie, Happy I Found it
I love this movie! I had been looking for this movie for years. I was very excited to receive it. The movie was brand new and in excellent condition. Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by Evelyn "Salt"
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather gripping independent movie...
Watching this movie was not chore-like for me. I would say to just watch it and see. I bought it for about what I would have paid to rent it. Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of the late 90's...
Great writing, great acting, great story, original, funny, smart. Rent it today at a netflix near you.
Published on October 10, 2009 by S. Zales
4.0 out of 5 stars Does Anyone Know Why This Film Is Out Of Print?
Does anyone know why "The Daytrippers" is out of print, and whether it will again become available on DVD? Read more
Published on April 10, 2006 by Sonny Cahill
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, interesting and unpredictable family journey
This is a movie about family dynamics, humor, an interesting journey and an unexpected ending. It is a view into the life of some ordinary people that end up in extraordinary... Read more
Published on May 5, 2005 by Larry VanDeSande
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Good Trip!
"The Daytippers" is a hilarious romp through the life of a tight-knit family. Cheating, coupledom, and sexuality are the name of the game here, and they all make for such a funny... Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Daryl Frasch
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one not to miss...
I stumbled on this film because of my fascination (ok crush)with Liev Schreiber. What a great movie. Read more
Published on February 18, 2003 by Donna M. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars My only complaint? I wanted more
"The Daytrippers" concerns a young woman (Hope Davis) who suspects her husband is cheating on her. She decides to drive into Manhattan and confront him, and her mother, father,... Read more
Published on December 15, 2002
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