Monday, July 7, 2008

7. The Savages

Thank the Lord for films like these! Tamara Jenkin's wonderfully scripted masterpiece consists of an all-star cast lead by two of the greatest actors of this generation: Laura Linney (nominated for oscar, Best Actress) and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is PSH's third really GREAT movie of 2007 (others being Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and Charlie Wilson's War). This movie is far more than just a comedy about the awkwardness of life and the fate that seems to control ours. It was great to see such originality out of a script and the actors. This film is all about coming-of-age... again. The middle-age version of Sixteen Candles, but trust me when I tell you this, this movie will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you just want more. In case you don't understand what I am trying to say, because it is so hard to describe the great quirkiness of the film, I will say it simply like this: I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

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::Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Laura Linney), Best Original Screenplay (Tamara Jenkins)
::Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
::Nilsson Awards - Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Laura Linney), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Philip Bosco), Best Original Screenplay (Tamara Jenkins), Best Cast, Best Original Score

RATED R for some sexuality and language.


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