Steven and Laura Harding (along with their kids David and Mary) have moved to the quiet community of Stepford, Connecticut. Steven joins the men's club, which is still assimilating their ... See full summary »
In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped-- together -- for two weeks.
Eric is marrying Louise. His brother Anthony has been married to Helen for eight years and wants to warn Eric marriage won't be that great. Helen's not too happy either. Eric's best friend Jamie has been married to Debra only seven weeks and already they're having problems.
Eric's boss lets the couple have his spectacular house in the country, in a gorgeous wooded setting. Of course, Eric's boss also expects him to work. And Jamie shows up, having been kicked out by Debra--who eventually ends up at the house threatening suicide.
And then there's the vagrant outside. Or is he a vagrant? What is he building? Only Vicky seems to have the answers about Newman (that's his name).
And almost no one seems understand what it means to be faithful in a relationship.
The depressing funeral music with the opening credits told me this might very well be one of those movies that appeals to those people who like poetry in coffeehouses. Had it not been for Tammy Lauren, I might have given up on this. But I'm glad I didn't. Tammy turned out to be everything I had hoped for--slightly less quirky than Ginger in "Homefront", but somewhat more troubled.
Thomas Cavanagh was also funny, and Susan Wilkey made Vicky even quirkier than Debra. Unfortunately, despite what I perceived to be good acting, especially by Pascale Bussières and Stephen Shellen, I'm still not certain this wasn't the type of movie that would appeal to the coffee house crowd. It had its funny moments, but Bussières and Shellen didn't strike me as funny (certainly not in the laugh-out- loud sense), and I didn't find them all that entertaining either. Mostly I enjoyed watching the very patient Louise endure one frustration after another. I was hoping Newman would be funny, but he seemed more like one of these characters from a Bronte novel (or what I'm guessing those characters must be like).
These are just my impressions, and perhaps someone with different taste would enjoy this movie more.
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