Monday, January 21, 2008

The Savages

Movie name: The Savages
Year of release: 2007
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, Cara Seymour, Debra Monk, Guy Boyd
Genre: Dramatic comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

After the great reception that "Slums of Beverly Hills" had back in 1998, Tamara Jenkins returns with a small film about a pair of selfish siblings that have to tend to their elderly and absent father. With a concept that could've gone into overtly murky territory, Jenkins aims to create a film that is about two people, who are flawed and with family issues to sort out, issues that have prevented them both of growing up and coming into their own reality. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, both of them terrific and underrated actors, shine through and definitely make this one of the special films of 2007 that should not be lost.