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The Safety of Objects

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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An incredible all-star cast delivers unforgettable performances in this "penetrating" (Time Out New York), "can't-take-your-eyes-off-the-screen drama" (Marie Claire) about a group of suburban families whose lives are mysteriously intertwined. As Esther (Glenn Close) struggles to remain the perfect mother in the wake of a tragedy, Annette (Patricia Clarkson) copes with toxic fallout from a nasty divorce. Meanwhile, Jim (Dermot Mulroney) goes off the deep end when he's passed overfor a promotion at work. But these very different people are bound together by more than their cookie-cutter homes and manicured lawns. In fact, an event from their past threatens to shatter their fragile lives unless they can find the strength to face itand each otherhead on.

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  • Actors: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Kay Place, Patricia Clarkson, Jessica Campbell
  • Directors: Rose Troche
  • Writers: Rose Troche, A.M. Homes
  • Producers: Angus Finney, Christine Vachon, Colin Brunton, Dorothy Berwin, Eric Robison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZT1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Safety of Objects" on IMDb

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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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From the outset, I must say that this film is bizarre. I must also say that, despite the fact that I liked it enough to give it three stars, you have seen this film before. Where? It is the same type of suburban-angst-gone-haywire plot you've seen in such films as American Beauty. If that is your sort of film, then this is your sort of film. If that is not your cup of tea, then this will not be either.

The film is the story of 4 suburban families who have much more in common than first blush would tell you. All of them are somehow intertwined with a the fate of one of the families' comatose sons. (One character was in the car that injured him, another was the boys lover, etc.) It is the story, then, of how each family copes in different ways with that, and a host of other suburbanesque goings on, like being passed up for a promotion, dealing with the possible kidnapping of a daughter, or fumbling, as an adolescent, through one's first sexual feelings.

While the film, as I've said before, takes bizarre (and often unrealistic) twists and turns in the manner of American Beauty, "The Safety of Objects" has a strangely likeable quality. Like "American Beauty," the characters and story lines are just quirky enough to grab you without being so strange as to let you go. None of the characters are overtly lovable or dispicable, but all of them are at the very least, interesting and at most, compelling.

Be that as it may, though, the film is still a bit too cliche to be of any but moderate interest. Too many films - American Beauty, Short Cuts, The Good Girl, etc. - portray the same type of 'off-the-deep-end' suburban situations that this film does better, and more convincingly, than this film does it.
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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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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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Not a bad movie. Not a dynamic one either, but I think I liked this little film. Nice performances and movie making in general, although I think Joshua Jackson phoned in his role as "the unconscious guy". Haha. (Ok, so thats only funny if you've seen it.) I love the opening credits in this piece- the cuckoo clock-esque characters in their cookie cutter houses... and the little figure mowing the lawn... its almost worth a rent just for that. I think the problem with this story is that its nothing new and its really not very timely. The exposure of middle class suburbia as being less than paradise has been done and didnt strike a chord with me like other works in this genre have. I did like the way the characters were intertwined and the piecing it all together. Its similar to "Love Actually" in the multi-story layerings, but like "Love Actually" only a couple of those stories were interesting. The only character who actively engaged me was Randy the Poolboy. He was the most complex story in my opinion, but then is just left hanging at the end. Whatever message the director was trying to get across was lost in a pile of mixed emotions and over dramatic sequences.

In general its poorly directed, but not a bad watch if you're just looking for something new.
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