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Boundaries (2018)

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Laura and her son Henry are forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father Jack across country after being kicked out of a nursing home.

Director:

Shana Feste

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Shana Feste
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Laura
Christopher Plummer ... Jack
Lewis MacDougall ... Henry
Christopher Lloyd ... Stanley
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ... Serg
Kristen Schaal ... Jojo
Bobby Cannavale ... Leonard
Peter Fonda ... Joey
Dolly Wells ... Sofia
Ryan Robbins ... Jim
Maxine Miller Maxine Miller ... Flirty Harriet
Terence Kelly Terence Kelly ... Gruff Board Member
BJ Harrison ... Mary
Chelah Horsdal ... Therapist
Robin T. Rose ... Willie
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Single mom Laura (Farmiga), along with her awkward 14 year-old son Henry (MacDougall) is forced to drive Jack (Plummer), her estranged, care-free pot dealing father across country after he's kicked out of yet another nursing home.  The road trip veers off course when Jack decides to make a couple 'stops' and Henry asks to see his ne'er-do-well dad Leonard (Cannavale), completely upending Laura's attempt to hold her family together and ultimately forcing her to finally see her father for the man he really is.

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With Every Road Trip Comes Baggage

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for drug material, language, some sexual references and nude sketches | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2018 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Családi szívás See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,552, 24 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$703,438, 6 September 2018
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Filmed in May 2016, but not released until early 2018. See more »

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[first lines]
Laura: I was thinking we might switch back to seeing each other once a month. Yeah, I'm feeling like I'm in a really good place. You know, like, I've done the work. We've done the work. We've done it.
Therapist: Have you spoken with your father recently?
Laura: Well, I... He called, but I did not pick up. He knows the conditions.
Therapist: So you set a boundary?
Laura: Yeah.
Therapist: That must have been very difficult for you.
Laura: Not really. No. I'm feeling really resolute. Like, *very* resolute. So resolute, in fact... I was thinking...
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heady topic, fluff movie
5 July 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. One of the more recent cinematic trends has been stories involving an adult child facing the plight of caring for an elderly parent. Some have chosen the comedic route, while others lean towards the all-too-real burden carried by care-givers. Writer-director Shana Feste (COUNTRY STRONG, 2010) continues her streak of tolerable fluff in this tale of a stressed single mother raising a challenging teenager while also dealing with daddy issues, and the octogenarian daddy at the source.

The film opens with said stressed mother Laura Jaconi (played by Vera Farmiga) in the midst of a therapy session as she talks through those long-simmering daddy issues ... and we get the feeling these same discussions have occurred numerous times over the years. As an actress, Ms. Farmiga is at her best in frazzled mode, and here she's a perfect fit. Her son Hoyt/Henry (Lewis McDougall, who was so good in A MONSTER CALLS) is a social misfit at his school, thanks in part to his mostly unwelcome and quite vivid artwork depicting faculty (and others) in various unclothed states. When he is expelled, private school becomes the best alternative, and Laura's need for cash coincides with her estranged father's (Christopher Plummer) simultaneous expulsion from his retirement center ... for morality reasons.

Daughter Laura has her dad listed as "Don't Pick Up" on her cell phone, and we understand before her that he is a rascal with a criminal streak. He even serves up an extremely rare pedophile joke - at the expense of his grandson. Laura's ongoing challenges are intensified when circumstances require her to drive her and her son cross country in a classic Rolls Royce that never comes close to blending in with the surroundings. The purpose of the road trip is so the father/grandfather can make secretive pot-selling trips along the way. This allows for cameos from such recognizable folks as Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Bobby Cannavale, the latter of which is Laura's ex-husband and biological father of her son.

Adding to the frenzy is Laura's commitment to her real lot in life - that of serial animal rescuer. Dogs are EVERYWHERE throughout the film - to the point that her father labels her the Pied Piper of mange. These type of interactions, along with the ruse of adult diapers and a bow and arrow sequence keep the film on the verge of slapstick; however, we can never accept that we are supposed to get a comedic kick out of Laura's too-much-to-handle lot, since it's mostly depressing.

Kristen Schaal as Laura's sister and insecure California goofball is always a welcome addition to any film, and Yahva Abdul-Mateen II brings a nice touch to one of the few characters we'd like to get to know better. Lousy childhood memories connected to present-day adult troubles just don't combine for effective humor in the light that the filmmaker seems to be aiming for. Though well-acted, a grown woman still in need of daddy's approval is just a bit too predictable and too much of a downer to work.


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