If you’ve not seen this film, YOU MUST SEE IT!
I’m not sure how I managed to miss it.
Okay, granted, it’s 11 years old now, which means that it came out when I was either a freshman or a sophomore in high school. But it’s the kind of film that I would have imagined that I would have picked up sooner rather than later or come across. It’s been on my list for a little while and I noticed that Criterion has relased an edition of it, which means that it must be pretty good so I picked it up when I noticed it on the new arrival wall at Videorama.
Wow. It was simply amazing.
And not just because Kevin Kline is shirtless a lot in it.
It’s really a very simple story about an ordinary family in the early 1970s. Thanksgiving 1973 to be specific. And the family isn’t working too well, at least, the parents aren’t. The kids, as seemingly messed up as the film tries to suggest that they are, I think come across as the most psychologically okay characters in the film.
I don’t want to delve too much into plot details since I knew very little about the plot going in and I think that even if I were to give a full synopsis, it wouldn’t strike you as much of anything worthwhile. In fact, maybe that’s why I never got around to seeing it. It sounded like a pretty ho-hum story. And, to a certain extent, it is. But that’s one of the things that makes it such an amazing film.
Oh, and the cast. Kevin Kline, as I mentioned, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Chirstina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood (there was a scene with him playing flag football and part of me wanted to yell ‘GET THE RING!’ but I didn’t). Katie Holmes has a small part, too.
I wish it weren’t due back tomorrow because I’m sure I’d watch it again. Perhaps I’ll just have to add it to the library at some point soon.