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The Savages (2007)

The Savages

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

November 28, 2007 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Tamara Jenkins

Producer

Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Jim Taylor, Erica Westheimer

Screenwriter

Tamara Jenkins

Starring

Story


The last thing the two Savage siblings ever wanted to do was look back on their undeniably dysfunctional family legacy. Wendy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney) is a self medicating struggling East Village playwright, AKA a temp who spends her days applying for grants and stealing office supplies, dating her very married neighbor. Jon (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) is an obsessive compulsive college professor writing obscure books on even more obscure subjects in Buffalo who still can't commit to his girlfriend after four years even though her cooking brings him tears of joy. Then, out of the blue, comes the call that changes everything - the call that informs them that the father they have long feared and avoided, Lenny Savage (Tony Award winner Philip Bosco), has lost his marbles. And there is no one to help him but his kids. Now, as they put the middle of their already arrested lives on hold, Wendy and Jon are forced to live together under one roof for the first time since childhood, soon rediscovering the eccentricities that drove each other crazy. Faced with complete upheaval and the ultimate sibling rivalry battle over how to handle their father's final days, they are forced to face the past and finally start to realize what adulthood, family and, most surprisingly, each other are really about.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..ONE of the best movies of the year so far..”
by Carina Chocano [LA Times]
“..Emotionally engaging, sharply written and superbly directed drama..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
“..a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]