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The Talent Given Us
The Talent Given Us
Actors: Allen Wagner, Judy Wagner, Emily Wagner, Maggie Wagner, Judy Dixon
Director: Andrew Wagner
Genres: Comedy, Drama
UR     2006     1hr 37min

A retired New York City couple drives across America, with their two daughters in tow, to reconnect with their reclusive son in Los Angeles. Director Andrew Wagner filmed his entire family in this comedic glimpse of a quir...  more »

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Actors: Allen Wagner, Judy Wagner, Emily Wagner, Maggie Wagner, Judy Dixon
Director: Andrew Wagner
Creators: Andrew Wagner, Tom Hines, Chelsea Gilmore, Kevin Fortuna, Tim Farley
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/11/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Only Watched It far
David Hecht | Hawaii | 03/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was a bit floored to see that 67 people are selling copies of this film and only one wrote a review.I see this as indicative of how alien these people are to most or maybe how unwilling most people are to go where this film goes.It is too unique to just watch once so I plan to watch it again, maybe several times before really commenting on it. My only recommendation then and the reason for only 4 stars is that I thnk this is a rare opportunity and should be viewed a few times to really have a chance to benefit from it."
Good...but scripted....
Damon Devine | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/31/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When I saw this film, I was STARTLED at parts of it. I cringed, blushed, laughed and was very touched at the end. BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A REAL DOCUMENTARY. After doing research--I discovered it was all scripted. The "estranged" son was the film maker! So it is nonsense when they see him at the end and are 'surprised', as he was ALWAYS around! That means the whole cross-country journey was also fiction (and completely unnecessary). Online, the son claims the "SCRIPT" was created well before this all came to fruition. IS a good film, if you didn't know better--if you thought it was a real documentary. I was originally fascinated by it. But that was when I believed it to be real. Now that I know the has all the intrigue of that stupid 'Blair Witch Project'. Why would I want to see it a second time? Why would I want to own it? It is "fiction in disguise."

So I say forget this thing and get 'Grey Gardens.' It is real, it is dear, and you will never forget it. I knew 'Little Edie' and you can be sure the film is the real deal.

I give this film three stars because it DID convince me, before I found out the truth. And this means it must be pretty well done. The parents are non-professional actors, which one can also appreciate. Seeing it again, however, would cause me to roll my eyes and dismiss the more outrageous parts as contrived."
The Talent that They Lack
Akethan | Arlington, VA United States | 04/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The word talent is terribly abused here. What a pile of masturbatory crap! Seriously - these people don't even care about themselves and thew show it constantly. Does anyone need the burden of this family who should be caged? They are self-loathing and they live in an endless circle of recrimination about their half-lived lives. And still - where would they go and who would have them. The 'extras' where they give themselves credit for bravely cobbling their psychoses into a script is just the capper that made me fully detest this film."
A Film I Watched Three Times Already
Ted A. Meier | 04/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I consider myself to be a very picky film viewer, for lack of a better term. Saw this movie on Sundance a few days ago, DVRed it, like i do all movies, so i can give them a 10 minute trial run, so as to not waste time. Just couldn't "put this one down," even over the protests of my wife, who wanted to watch something insanely boring, like 24. =) Quirky and eccentric are two qualifications I have for a movie, and Talent Given Us has plenty of both. The characters are all quite ordinary, yet endearing in their own ways. And the very loose script kept my attention for the duration. You either will love this film or hate it--I loved it."