The Savages


The Savages
A brother and sister have drifted apart since childhood. Their dad is living in an old age home, with a girlfriend, when he starts to lose his mind. Reluctantly, the two kids decide to move him closer to where they stay, and put in into a nursing home where he will be cared for. Dad gave the two of them a hard time as kids, so the situation is rather delicate. As the children are forced to co-operate for the first time in years, old wounds are opened, made more painful by dad's worsening condition.

111 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Sex).
Comedy, Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Let's hope he falls for the old 'stiff neck' ruse...

Credits

Cast
Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour
Director
Tamara Jenkins
ScreenplayTamara Jenkins
MusicStephen Trask
CinematographyW. Mott Hupfel III
EditingBrian A. Kates
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2007
Produced byFox Searchlight Pictures, Lone Star Film Group, This Is That Productions, Ad Hominen Enterprises, Cooper's Town Productions

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Trailer: Medium

Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong, fairly frequent, in contex, mild impact
NudityNone
SexBrief infrequent sexual innuendos and implied sex
ViolenceNone, but sustained emotional intensity
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
0
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
1
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Lara de Matos
5
Cape Times
Anthony Quinn
15
The Citizen
Peter Feldman quote iconThe Savages is thought-provoking cinema and is likely to appeal to those who value the interaction of the characters and don't mind feeling uncomfortable about the eccentricities of the protagonists or the tension that exists between them.
14
BBC
Anna Smith quote icon It's an impressive film in many ways, but a bleak one without much emotional impact.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Savages confronts a day that may come in all of our lives. Two days, actually, the first when we are younger, the second when we are older.
18
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThough conventional in other aspects, The Savages is unusual for its richness of characterization.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconthe film offers insight into painfully awkward family dynamics and, while a note of hope is sounded upon closing, it will not send audiences dancing to the exits.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconGiven the subject matter — caring for an aging parent — The Savages is damn funny, as long as you don't mind laughs that stick in your throat.
18
ScreenIt
quote iconThe Savages benefits from engaging characters and related performances, sharp writing, and just the right touch to keep the material from becoming sappy and/or melodramatic.
12
Metacritic.com
37 critics
17
Rottentomatoes critics
139 critics
15
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA brilliantly constructed family drama with superb performances.
18

What the People say

Internet
2184 Netizens quote iconWell done!
16

Average .. 70%

14




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