The Safety of Objects R CC

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Four suburban families deal with life's maladies. The all star cast includes Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Joshua Jackson and others, directed by Rose Troche.

Starring:
Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney
Runtime:
2 hours 1 minute

The Safety of Objects

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Genres Drama
Director Rose Troche
Starring Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney
Supporting actors Jessica Campbell, Patricia Clarkson, Joshua Jackson, Moira Kelly, Robert Klein, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Kay Place, Kristen Stewart, Alex House, Charlotte Arnold, Andrew Airlie, Stephanie Mills, Angela Vint, Aaron Ashmore, C. David Johnson, Haylee Wanstall, Carly Chalom, Guinevere Turner
Studio IFC Film
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

Not a bad movie.
C. A. Davidson
It may simply be that the author's interrelated short stories simply did not adapt well to film, despite best efforts to make it into a cohesive entity.
Lawyeraau
Problem is, the film just tells some surface stories.
Linda Linguvic

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on April 12, 2003
A delicious cast delivers terrific performances in this wonderfully upbeat and engrossing ensemble drama in which we quietly follow four neighboring suburban families in their overlapping journeys through loss and reconciliation. Although an ensemble effort, Glenn Close provides the emotional core of the film as Esther Gold, the mother of troubled teen Julie (Jessica Campbell) and comatose Paul (Joshua Jackson).
Paul's story is told in flashback, and it ties together the film's characters. The neighbors face their own trials, as Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) faces a career crisis and Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) copes with serial abandonment. More families and sub-stories bubble up, including a disturbingly hilarious romance between a boy (Alex House) and his sister's Barbie doll.
Like Robert Altman's "Short Cuts," which weaves together a selection of Raymond Carver stories, "The Safety of Objects" overlaps tales from A.M. Homes' short-story collection of the same name. "Objects" accomplishes the singular feat of adapting Homes' insular material while showcasing the director's own sense of intimacy and thematic structure.
Director Rose Troche has crafted a gothic suburban tale about how life affects us all. She presents it with such confidence and care, that we love all of the characters, even if we don't like them.

The movie is unsettling because it refuses to view its characters from a reassuring, judgmental distance, allowing us to see what we normally wouldn't, and shouldn't. It makes for a shocking and emotional journey, with only the ending being disappointing.
"The Safety of Objects" is brilliantly acted, beautifully written, and powerfully directed. If conventional Hollywood garbage isn't your cup of tea, this film is highly recommended.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
With a superlative ensemble cast giving note worthy performances, I expected this movie to be better than it actually was. Unfortunately, it was a sterile production, as none of the characters really grab the viewer emotionally. The normal rules of engagement seem to be lacking, leaving the viewer with the sense of having seen a shell of what was potentially a good film. Instead, the viewer gets a film with a few good hurrahs amidst a motley reel of celluloid. It is an ambitious film that does not see its ambitions realized.
Adapted from a book of short stories by A. H. Holmes, the film attempts to weave these short stories into a collective, cohesive narrative. It is a strained effort, at best. It gives an ostensible slice of suburban angst through the stories of four middle class families, neighbors in a suburban community. All have some connection to a car accident that severely injured the son of one of these families, causing him to remain in a vegetative state.
The film plods along, unraveling the accident in tortuous fashion as it takes the viewer to the final denouement. Some of the characters behave inexplicably without rhyme or reason as to why they would behave in such a fashion, leaving the viewer to wonder why. While the reasons may be of interest, there is not a clue as to such. It may simply be that the author's interrelated short stories simply did not adapt well to film, despite best efforts to make it into a cohesive entity.
Yet, a pre-pubescent boy talks to his sister's Barbie doll, believing that they have some kind of relationship, and he believes that Barbie talks back to him. A man whose marital relationship is on the brink of disaster leaves his wife and family at a critical juncture in order to help a neighbor try to win an SUV contest at a local mall.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Hill on January 2, 2005
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this movie and highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't yet seen it. It's a wonderful collage of several suburban families who are somehow linked together although the reason is not revealed until the very end of the movie. Do yourself a favor and ignore the bad reviews and try it for yourself.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pierre-Marie Dufour on January 21, 2003
I've just seen this movie before it comes out in France Feb 26th. It was supposed to come out a while ago, but I was not disappointed. The actors are all great : the kids as well as Glenn Close or Dermot Mulroney.
The story about those 4 middle class families may remind one of Altman's "L.A. Story" but Rose Troche's direction is less hectic. And, for once, 2 hours don't seem too long for getting to be comfortable with each character takes some time.
Sometimes disturbing, this is an unsual but great movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Breshears on August 15, 2012
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I didn't really have any expectations before watching this film. If is says anything, I stayed up way too late so I could see it without a break. I liked the way the stories were woven together and that the director cast such an amazing line-up of actors.

The actor who surprised me was Dermot Mulroney. I enjoy just seeing him on film. He usually plays guys who are pretty self-assured but this guy was going through a mid-life crisis. Even though he might have been a bit over the top, it was an endearing performance. I think it was better than anything else I've seen him in.

Parts of this film were poignant and sad, but there was also the humor of the young boy and his sister's doll. I was surpised at how much I liked this film.
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