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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Patricia Clarkson is wonderful in this above average 'family-get-together' film.
By Michael E. Hitt
Funny and rather sad at the same time. There are moments of hilarity with Patricia Clarkson as the seemingly dizzy and rather politically incorrect mother of two grown sons and their Labor Day weekend at the stunning Lake Tahoe vacation house. After all the yelling, fighting, secrets and poisonous barbs aimed at unwanted neighbors, girlfriends and gay lovers, it boils down to life moving on. There is a method to Clarkson's character's openly rude and unwelcoming behavior as we find out more about her character and her bout with postpartum depression as a young mother and other revelations. Foremost in her troubled mind is the decision to sell the beautiful vacation home, not because of financial reasons but for the fact that the family doesn't see each other often enough to justify it. She slowly comes to the realization that change is inevitable...nothing stays the same. Children grow up, leave home and make their own decisions rather the parents approve or not. Visually beautiful, wonderful location and sets and great ensemble acting bring this whole funny, sad, touching and at times, irreverent (the scene in the hospital with Clarkson complaining about praying to God...) story to it's rather bittersweet conclusion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Another dysfunctional family. But terrific performances.
By Russell S
A matriarch (Patricia Clarkson) asks her adult sons to visit their gorgeous Lake Tahoe home for a final weekend before she sells it, but it quickly becomes a disaster. Patricia is terrific as a somewhat dizzy lady who seems to have some....problems. She has a gorgeous house she is considering selling and she invites her 2 sons for a last weekend, they don't know what she is thinking. These all seem to be troubled people in some way shape or form. Her gay son who has a lovely new boyfriend but can't emotionally connect with him. Her other son who just constantly attacks his mother. Honestly, except for her sons boyfriend, wonderfully played by Devon Graye, you can keep them all. I did love all of the individual performances and certain nuances were great. The scenery is awesome.
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Not For Me
What a disappointment, Patricia Clarkson, one of my favorite actors in such a nothing film. It should go straight to DVD.
Celia Green, played by Patricia Clarkson, and her husband, Malcolm, played by Chris Mulkey, and by the way, not a convincing portrayal, it looked like he was sleep walking through this role; are at their Lake Tahoe vacation home waiting for their two sons to see out the end of summer. Theo, played by Zachary Booth, a television writer arrives with his boss, who he has given his screenplay to read, her husband and the star of his TV show, and, his new boyfriend Luke, played by Devon Graye. These are all actors I am not familiar with, but I was struck by their cutesy names. Then younger brother Roger, played by Joseph Cross, who arrives with a big secret, and girlfriend Vanessa. who has a flavored water company.
Into this setting where no one is really nice to each other, no one really speaks the truth, they pitter patter around each other. I kept waiting for the plot to begin, for some meaning to this film. None, the house is beautiful, Patricia Clarkson tries to give us something, but it is a dud. I have not been so disappointed in a film in a long time.when it does come to DVD, don't bother.
Not Recommended For Me. prisrob 10-1714