Interesting DVD for this 83 year old senior. I'm a Lithgow fan. Hording at its fullest. Liked the old Ford pick up truck.. Should we be preparing for the end of civilization? Never knew of this film till l seen it on dash board.
Surprisingly mediocre film given the immense onscreen talent. Blythe Danner and John Lithgow do their best to support an underwhelming script, but the end result just doesn’t live up to its potential. Without spoiling the ending, viewers will likely be puzzled by the final scene. Out of every possible way to end the film, was that truly the best choice? Pacing issues are also present, further highlighting the need for better screenwriting.
A bizzare story. I dont think it came together very well. It was like an artsy movie with a message. I didnt grasp the message. I only watched the whole movie because I like John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.
Previous comments suggest that people under 60 will find this too slow. Well I'm soon to turn 66, and I can say that this film is definitely way too slow, and too depressing. As far as the ending goes, I didn't manage to get that far. I finally gave up after about 40 min.
Not really sure about this one. Don't expect a lot of action. Not for you, if you are 60 or under.
And, yes, terrible ending.
Advertised as love story, no surprise ending. (But I'm on the wrong side of 60). All reasonable.
If want action, don't go to a love story.
Slow, gave up after 20 minutes of not much happening.
Waited months for the disc then another 90 minutes waiting for SOMETHING to happen and it never did. Lithgow, good as usual, had a zero script. Danner was like a ball and chain tied to every scene. She played a hurt-by-life, shallow, hick-like woman. John was an honest, in-your-face, and kind person. A man with good sense, a thinker, planner, doer, with purpose. The ending was stupid.
I picked this movie up because (like many other reviewers, I'm sure) I am a big fan of John Lithgow. "I'd watch him read the phone book," I blithely said as I put the disc in the player. These were almost prophetic words because this move is actually slightly less engaging than watching a phone book reading. I stuck it out to the end - barely - because the internet insisted the "twist" at the end made the whole experience worth it. I'll admit I laughed with delight at the closing scene, although some of that was delight that the movie was finally over. Overall, this is a straight forward love story, but painfully true-to-life (read: awkward). If anything, it made me appreciate Hollywood rom-coms more, because sometimes what we need is a little zaniness to help the "truth pills" go down smoother.
I wanted to like this film because I enjoy films with Blythe Danner and John Lithgow, but there was a long history of anger among Ed's extended family that seemed to be magically healed a little too easily. We don't know exactly what has produced Ed's anger and paranoia. He lost his wife ( either to death or divorce ) but such an event rarely turns a man into an angry survivalist. We know the Ronnie never recovered from a loss and had resolved never to "lose" anything again. There is little rational for their relationship. Ed believes Ronnie is another survivalist like himself and is drawn to her because of this, but what induces Ronnie to risk loss with this angry, awkward man? The relationship leads to healing in Ed, but not so much for Ronnie. If I interpreted the ending correctly, I hated it. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby p.s. my favorite scene in the film involves something in a wrapper....
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