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Lymelife (2008)

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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.


Derick Martini
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Scott Bartlett
Alec Baldwin ... Mickey Bartlett
Jill Hennessy ... Brenda Bartlett
Emma Roberts ... Adrianna Bragg
Timothy Hutton ... Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon ... Melissa Bragg
Logan Huffman ... Blaze Salado
Brandon Thane Wilson ... Stuart
Adam Scarimbolo ... Todd O'Leary
Kieran Culkin ... Jimmy Bartlett
Phillip Pennestri Phillip Pennestri ... Father Pazzo
Louis Ruffolo Jr. Louis Ruffolo Jr. ... Bartender
Beepers Beepers ... Deer


Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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The American Dream Sucks


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprender a vivir See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,000, 8 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$429,307, 13 July 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During production, Alec Baldwin worked 7-day weeks, splitting his days between the film and the television series 30 Rock (2006). See more »


Towards the end, the school bus that comes to pick up Scott and Adrianna is a Navistar 3800 model which was not introduced until 1989. In fact, Navistar wasn't even a company name until 1986. In the 1970's, that company would have been known as International Harvester. See more »


Jimmy Bartlett: Oh shit. Oh, this is embarrassing.
Brenda Bartlett: Hi guys!
Scott Bartlett: Man!
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »


Band of Gold
Written by Ron Dunbar (as Ronald Dunbar) and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edythe Wayne)
Performed by Freda Payne (as Frieda Payne)
Courtesy of Holland Dozier Holland Productions Inc.
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A 70's set oddity that you sense is 'good'...
1 October 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

Like many US indie films, there's real sense of the extraordinary coming through from the very ordinary, here, with Lymelife.

Throughout, there was a real sense of odd detachment about it, especially in the scenes with the sufferer of the disease (Lymes) in question, Timothy Hutton, who keeps seeing a deer from his sick bed and then goes off out into the winter landscape to hunt it down, with a rifle....

The film itself was on late on BBC2 and I wish now that I'd been more alert to appreciate it, but what I did, is certainly memorable enough. Like Ang Lee's excellent The Ice Storm (set in the same 1970's) and in commuter belt Long Island, it's a gritty and often unsettlingly difficult to watch relationship drama. The family politics go haywire as father Alec Baldwin has an affair, which is one story and the other, that other reviewers have touched on, is of Rory Culkin finding his sexuality amongst this upset and upheaval.

Apart from the often cringe-inducing 'fashions' and hairstyles, it is probably his touching and nuanced performance as he fumbles with finding his first sexual experience that is the most memorable. Against the backdrop of Baldwin's often self righteous shouting rants, you can't but feel for him and his vulnerability and innocence.

As always, buying yet another DVD to view a film properly is offset against cash, so I might have to wait for it to reappear on TV somewhere before I can be reacquainted. I feel that it has the capabilities of being a very fine film, if offbeat and well worth taking a second look at. Intrigued!

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