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Movie Review: Savages December 3, 2007

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reviewblogpic1.jpgMovie Review: Savages

Alternate Title: Family Ties

Story: Cut to the chase – I loved this movie. Writer and director Tamara Jenkins has hit a home run with her second film. (Her first effort was the also terrific, Slums of Beverly Hills). She manages to take the difficult subject of putting one’s estranged parent into a nursing home touching, authentic, emotional, heart-breaking and tender all at once.

Siblings John and Wendy Savage learn their absentee father is suffering from dementia and has no one to care for him after his long-time companion dies. How these two adult children, who have suffered with their emotional scars of being raised in a dysfunctional home cope with this situation is the meat of the film. I know it sounds depressing, but it is not. All of the characters are fully formed, three dimensional, very familiar and I deeply cared what happened to all of them.

The script is brilliant and Jenkins knows just how to cut the tension with very funny lines and vignettes. I have seen the trailer to this film. It is being marketed as a comedy. Do not be fooled – it is not a comedy at all. What it is – is an almost perfect cinematic presentation of a very real set of circumstances.

I am not sure how a younger audience will take to this film but if you or someone you know has or is dealing with this reversal of care-giving scenario you will definitely gain something from seeing this truly wonderful film.

It is about commitment, family, siblings and being able to grow up and beyond the psychic filial wounds of childhood. Go – you’ll be better for it.

Acting: Laura Linney is nothing short of brilliant as the very flawed Wendy. I thought this was her best performance to date. Philip Seymour Hoffman never disappoints and he once again delivers a perfect performance as John. Philip Bosco as Leonard Savage hits the nail on the head. His character does not epiphany, show remorse or change. Bravo to one and all.

Click on my link to read the whole review. If the review is not on the main display page look to your left. If it is one of the last 10  reviews it will be in the column on the left. If it is older than that, scroll down and click on 2007 and you will find it.

It might sound confusing, but it is not. Read the whole review of this 9.25  Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting,  Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Soundtrack, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Weather, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level,Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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