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The movie started out like a cheap hospital comedy but along way the way it got serious with issues like health care, insurance, lawsuit and whether it is ethical to let go a patient that has no chance of survival. It is funny and heart warming as well. Given the price of the DVD, it is a must buy. The DVD provided both WS and FS versions of the movie but not much of extra features but for the price, you can't complaint.
The issue at hand is one of the great ethical questions of our era pertaining to the technical capacity to keep people "Alive" virtually forever, or let them go to God.
The difficult problem is handled with a fine mix/balance of humor, satire, apoplexy, empathy and commonsense. After seeing it on IFC we bought a copy. Spader is the physician for a comatose man whose two daughters are divided on the issue of maintaining him in a vegetative state or pulling the plug. However, at stake is $10,000,000 (TEN MILLION) which goes to one sister if the plug is pulled and another if it is not. The battle widens when an army of lawyers for the hospital, the doctors, the insurance companies and each sister, weigh-in.
The moral/ethical/financial pinpoints are all exposed (the patient has iron clad insurance, which the hospital loves), and thrown in for good measure are a few mystical experiences in which both Kings of the great beyond struggle for a man's soul, and the souls of the two would be multi-millionaires.
Those who have a working conscience will love the ending.
Here we have an ICU setting, sort of a spaceship feel, with machines and lights with little human contact except for Nurse Stella, played by Helen Mirren. With her on this unit is Dr. Ernst, played brilliantly by James Spader. He works 36 hours on and hardly any time off. The guy in charge, Dr Butz, played so well by Albert Brooks has Korsikoff's Syndrome, a disease of alcoholism that produces a defunct liver and and a loss of memory.
They all center around patient in Bed 5. He is in a vegetative state, and has two daughters. Margo Martindale, plays Connie the devout one, and Kyra Sedgwick plays the other one. One wants him to die peacefully, the other wants everything done. Both are crazed in their way, specifically crazed about the family will.
The ethics of living and dying, insurance money, my will against yours, and what is truly best for the patient is overlooked for awhile. The ending, however, should cheer you. It still plays well, today.
Recommended. prisrob 04-06-14
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I gave this 2 stars because I really, really like James Spader, but even he couldn't save this movie for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea Miller
Spader provided great entertainment in this one, as is usual for him. For a guy who only does it for the money (his words, not mine) he does an outstanding job.Published 7 months ago by Vette Memphis
Good movie. Great Spader performance. Important topic especially for today's times.Published 12 months ago by Bruce C. Thompson
A cute, funny, and touching movie that is good for a rainy night curled up on the couch. Oh, and a young James Spader is worth the watch.Published 15 months ago by Avid Reader
Perhaps the worst movie I have ever sat through !!! I love James Spader and this was horrid, predictable, formulaic dreck. Yuck from start to finish. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephanie A. Herbert
great acting, timely subject about making end of life decisions in writing ahead of time. funny and serious. very tastefully donePublished 17 months ago by J. Wiseman
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