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Flowers in the Attic 2011

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After a tragic accident leaves them fatherless, four children return to their mother's mysterious family mansion hoping for an inheritance. But when they are imprisoned and abandoned by their evil grandmother, the children must survive a nightmare of brutal cruelty, forbidden passion and a final shocking discovery that will shatter their innocence forever.

Starring:
Kristy Swanson, Victoria Tennant
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Horror
Director Jeffrey Bloom
Starring Kristy Swanson, Victoria Tennant
Supporting actors Louise Fletcher
Studio RLJ Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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First off, I have to say that the movie barely even follows the same plot as the brilliant book. The were so many problems! In the book the oldest girl was supposed to be 12 when they came to the attic, in the movie she looks 15 or 16. In the book the grandmother didn't cut the oldest girls hair, she tried but Chris stopped her. And what happened to the incest? It carried such huge messages and themes in the book and in the movie there is none of it. I could go on for pages about the inconsistensies, even the ending is hugely different. I swear sometimes when they actually said something from the book I would think "Hey! That's kinda like Flowers In The-...oh yeah...". But to defend the makers of this movie a bit, this was before the entertainment industry relized how much it annoys people when they don't follow much loved books. I mean look at the 2 latest movies based on books, Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. They are two great books with movies that are good as well and stay true to them. I really wish they would remake the movie and have a movie for each book in the series. I think Flowers In The Attic was around 400 pages. When a 400 page book is squashed into an 85 minute movie it isn't pretty...But for a moment here lets forget about the book, now lets look at the problems with the stand alone movie. The acting was quite weak at times. Cory's voice was annoying but I actually respected that because it seemed more realistic. Another thing I like about the movie was how it showed that man digging the four graves, that was a very eerie well done scene. A shame it was only 4 seconds and the rest of the movie never had that eerie mood. A movie like this really should have that eerie mood. It all happened too fast.Read more ›
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In my point of view, if you want to know the real story, read the book! I read the book before I saw the movie and I was VERY disappointed. The movie leaves out all of the feelings and losses of the characters, which is what makes the book amazing.
The story is about four beautiful children (Chris, Cathy, Carrie, and Cory), who are locked away in a room by thier selfish mother, with a filthy attic as their playground. Their cruel heartless Grandmother brainwashes the small children, Cory and Carrie, into thinking that they are "devil's spawn", and they are painfully malnourished. They live each day as if it were a year, sadly awaiting the truths that are to come from their greedy mother.
This book will capture the tears from your eyes, as you feel the trials and triumphs of four helpless children, locked away without care.
I recommend the rest of the dollanganger series from V.C. Andrews, from the escape from the attic; to the return; and thier lives still haunted by the house; and a Pre-quel.
-Petals on the Wind,
-If there be Thorns,
-Seeds of Yesterday,
-and finally, Garden of Shadows.
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I love Louise Fletcher, and this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

The acting was young Anakin Skywalker-level stiff - from the adults. The script was inscrutable and not a good adaptation of the book. Even the narration was awful - like one of those Southern-fried Investigation Discovery Murder dramatization series.

Almost hokey enough for the MST3K treatment, but not quite bad enough to be that good.
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Adapting a book to film isn't as simple as using the book as the movie script. Some ideas simply don't translate well to the big screen, especially if you have less than 2 hours to develop all of your characters, tell the story, and reach a resolution. So film makers inevitably have to cut corners and modify the story to make a movie that can be understood and enjoyed by people who haven't even read the book. That's what they did here. And as a movie in and of itself, I thought they did a good job.

The book "Flowers in the Attic" isn't just a horror story of 4 kids locked away in an attic by their zealot grandmother. It weaves a complex tale about mixed relationship roles in a family, as the lines blur between father/brother, mother/sister, spouse/sibling, and parent/grandparent. It's also the first book in a series, and the ending doesn't offer much of a resolution. The bottom line is that there is simply no way you can cram that whole book into a 90 minute movie. The character development would have been extremely rushed and confusing, and the film might have even gotten an NC-17 rating at the time with the incest. The writers obviously knew this, though I guess the 1-star reviewers here don't. I suppose they could have alternatively tried adopting it into a mini-series, but I don't know if they would have been able to keep new viewers tuning in week after week.

So the writers instead cut out the incestuous complexities of the brother/sister relationship, and added a resolution which the book doesn't have. Does this sacrifice a lot of the parallel stories in the book? Sure. But again, I don't know how else you could have turned this into a 90 minute movie. All things considered, they did a decent job. I have no shame in saying I even liked the movie's ending more than the book's passive ending.
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