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The Savages
The Savages
Actors: Philip Bosco, Guy Boyd, Maddie Corman, Peter Frechette, Michael Higgins
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
R     2008     1hr 53min

Academy Award winnerŽ Philip Seymour Hoffman and Academy AwardŽ nominee Laura Linney deliver unforgettable performances in this hilarious coming-of-middle age story from OscarŽ -nominated writer / director Tamara Jenkins. ...  more »

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Actors: Philip Bosco, Guy Boyd, Maddie Corman, Peter Frechette, Michael Higgins
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 16
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Leah G. (Leahbelle) from NIPOMO, CA
Reviewed on 10/20/2019...
It was interesting to see Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as so young, but they were. The acting in this movie is Oscar worthy. I forgot they were actors as they were so believably brother and sister. The story was a surprise and entirely different than what I thought it would be.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 4/7/2015...
Wow! Reality hurts! I started out not wanting to finish this film because it actually hits "too close to home" for me. But it kinda grew on me and I totally got immersed in the lives of these middle age folks who are jarred into reality by their father's failing health. Never one to be an especially good parent, their father now needs their help and it's difficult for all concerned when they must put him in a nursing home and make arrangements for his future. The old man is bitter and doesn't particularly care if they just dump him along side of the road because he is no longer in control of his own life. The reality of this scenario is that it will happen to most of us eventually so it might be a good idea to be nicer to our loved ones!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Denise W. from DUNSMUIR, CA
Reviewed on 2/11/2011...
Though I really like the main actors in this film I was not too impressed by the writing. Kind of a bummer of a film and not too sure what the main thrust of the movie was. Not one of my favorites, but I did watch the whole film.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sari Lynn G. (Sari-Lynn) from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 8/16/2010...
Truly stellar performances by everyone in the cast! But be forewarned - although there are some darkly comical moments, this is *not* a comedy. It's a drama, the kind that is familiar in its realness. Laura Linney & Philip Seymour Hoffman are truly believable as a brother & sister, who haven't outgrown their sibling rivalry, but are still there for each other when it counts. And Philip Bosco is perfect as their estranged, curmudgeonly father, whose girlfriend dies, leaving him with nowhere to go. His kids have to deal with finding a place that will take him, a not very pleasant old man with the beginnings of dementia, and their guilt over putting their father in a nursing home, Highly recommended,especially if you want a good film to discuss.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A cut above the rest
e. verrillo | williamsburg, ma | 08/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The dysfunctional family is a theme which has been so overdone in American film that I can't blame you if the prospect of watching yet another screwy family on screen elicits a groan. But The Savages stands a cut above the rest, not just for the performances (which were wonderful), or the writing (which was flawless), but because at long last the reason for the dysfunctionality makes sense. (It's not just the fact that we're junk-food-eating Americans who watch too much TV.)

The plot of the movie is deceptively simple. Two siblings, Wendy and Jon Savage, are suddenly faced with the responsibility of caring for their demented father, Lenny. Neither sibling has been what you would call a success in life. Wendy, who works as a temp in New York City, is stuck in a tire-spinning relationship with a married man. Jon, a theater professor in Buffalo who is perpetually on the verge of writing his definitive work on Berthold Brecht, can't seem to keep a relationship going either. And Lenny, apparently, has not done anything approaching a good job as a father. Normally, the interactions of three people who haven't got much going for them wouldn't make a good movie. In this case, however, it worked.

The reason it worked is that the interactions were entirely realistic. Wendy's neurotic quest to find some indication that her father has actually cared about his children is entirely plausible. (It is only in movies that daughters dramatically lash back at cold fathers. Mostly they seek approval.) Jon's rejection of Wendy's efforts is equally as plausible, although you don't find out why until the end of the film. As with Wendy, Jon provokes no confrontation with his father. There is no cathartic moment of resolution--just quiet resignation. The fact that nothing is overdramatized is what makes the film so believable.

Even if the topic does not appeal to you, The Savages is worth watching just for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who, as always, gives a masterful performance. Hoffman's ability to convey subtle emotions--of every variety--is simply unmatched. Laura Linney, as the pill-popping Wendy, gives a fine performance, as does Philip Bosco as the irascible Lenny. The supporting cast was convincing enough to make you think they weren't actors--just real people. And that's precisely what this film was about."