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At the same time, his mother--Laura Linney in another great performance (here's an actress who can do no wrong; there isn't one film she's in where she turns in a bad performance)--is not only besting her husband in the literary game (she receives a notice from a major publisher of their forthcoming publication of her first novel), but also has her husband reveal her former four-year affair with the father of one of Walt's classmates and is currently taking up with Ivan, the smug, smarmy but nevertheless relatively good-hearted (and younger) tennis instructor played by William Baldwin, Alec's brother.
So neither parent is perfect. Not by a long shot. What'a a teenager to do? Not only Walt, but Frank, Walt's younger brother, is also dramatically impacted by this rancorous marital discord, in bizarre ways that should be seen to be believed. Both boys act out their enormous frustration, rage, and general malaise in ways that relate directly to sexual/relationship dysfunction, mirroring their parents' problems.Read more ›
Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney both do an amazing job of bringing out all the irony and contradictions of their characters. Egocentric to the point of ridiculousness and desperately needing approval; they both push and pull at each-other and their children creating a very powerful ebb and flow of humor, hope and failure. Because of this breakdown the children reflect, deny, and attempt to adjust to their parents anguish sometimes with painful results.
The soundtrack is quirky and always fits in nicely with the story. There's a good mix of well know musicians like Lou Reed and Pink Floyd with top notch but relatively unknown musicians like Pentangle's Bert Jansch or The Feelies. I like that the movie takes place in the early 80's but the filmmaker didn't go with obvious choices or with music just from that time.
What really shines the most in this movie is the writing. There are so many well expressed dimensions about the complications of relationships, and so many hidden gems of humor and insight that it provokes thoughtfulness and laughter (sometimes at the same time). Brilliant.
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Probably not a movie you'd want to watch for entertainment. But, it's a very accurate portrait of what a family endures when one of the parents is afflicted with Narcissist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Sipsy
A Very deep, and sad movie about the deeper and darker effects, divorce has on children. I highly recommend it to any parent going through divorce, even though it may be difficult... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miss Connie Love
Emotional neglect of childhood as these kids try to meet the needs of their narcissistic parents to gain their affection and acceptance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Yu Pa
The movie was a perfect example of parents forgetting the children during a divorce and focusing on their selfishness. It made you hate both parents.Published 10 months ago by Vinnie's Mom