Overall Rank: 1721
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 94
Theatrical Release Date: 09/27/1997
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/18/2008
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ang Lee
Actors: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Henry Czerny, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood
Plot: Change is coming to a 1973 suburban Connecticut neighborhood. Drugs, alcohol and casual sex begin to affect the lives of several middle-class familites.
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Snoogans - wrote on 05/05/2013
A perfectly casted ensemble drama. Every aspect of the relationships these two families share is represented with great honesty. I wasn't emotionally invested. Though, I was intrigued by how each character was going to face their own problems and how everyone's problems combine to make one seemingly (but not really) complicated mess.
patjohnson76 - wrote on 03/26/2010
A good and engaging story for the most part. The adult characters of Kline, Weaver, Allen, and Jamey Sheridan, as the two married couples, are very believable in their roles as frustrated, bored, and longing characters. If there's a weak point to the story, it comes from the younger crowd of Maguire, Ricci, Wood, and Holmes, who mirror their adult counterparts but come across as unbelievable due to a too-cool-for-school characterization that engages in more eye rolling the interest. Would have been a much better pic if the focus had been mostly on the adults.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/19/2008
Superb directing that captures an era in time near perfectly. The casting is also well done and adds to the enjoyment. One of those movies that stands up to repeat viewing and gets better every time.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/09/2012
A tragic authentic film of two families consisting of Ben (Kevin Kline), Elena (Joan Allen) kids, 16-year-old Paul (Tobey Maguire) and 14-year-old Wendy (Christina Ricci) and neighbors, the Carvers, include Jim (Jamey Sheridan), Janey (Sigourney Weaver) with their children Mikey (Elijah Wood) and Sandy (Adam Hann-Byrd). Direction was remarkable though the pacing a bit slow in certain scenes. Screenplay was exceptional with quotes: Janey - "A person's body is his temple." Philip - "Sometimes the shepherd needs the comfort of the sheep." Paul - "In your life, it's kind of like you dip in and out of it, a place where things don't quite work out the way they should. But for some people, the negative zone tempts them." The picture never feels dated and the performances especially from …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 08/12/2008
I saw this film back when I was in high school and I didn’t get the point of it. Upon viewing it with a lot more experience, I thought that it was a smart observation about surburban life. Although it was somber in various levels, it is also darkly comic while still being tragic. Thanks to Ang Lee’s ability to balance tones and characters, this turns out to be not just another look at suburban depression. It actually has something important to say, which should be apparent by the end of the film. I must give kudos to Sigourney Weaver for playing an unlikeable but hilarious character. Although her character says one thing, she completely thinks and does the opposite–which I think most people can relate to, including myself. Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, and Katie Holmes were (or …
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