Quite Savage Indeed
Allison - wrote on 12/08/07
Laura Linney plays Wendy Savage, someone who looks like the writer/director Tamara Jenkins. She went brunette for the role. She is a psychopathological liar and her brother (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) doesn't like to take responsibility and pushes it all on his sister.
The story is boring and I did not feel for the father character. He's a bastard that never had/has the chance to redeem himself. However, what makes the movie watchable is some good dialog throughout the movie.
The music is absolutely terrible. You've seen and heard it all before. The song Diane Keaton sings in Reds is in the opening credits and Juno's closing credits song also appears in The Savages' closing credits. Also, "Cheek to Cheek" is in the movie.
I kept waiting for some kind of emotional connection, but unfortunately, it never arrived. While Linney and Hoffman are quite good, it seems like their talent was wasted here.