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The Savages

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Cast: Laura Linney,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Philip Bosco,Peter Friedman,David Zayas,Gbenga Akinnagbe

Director(s): Tamara Jenkins


Year: 2007

Rating: R

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse they suffered from their father. But a phone call is about to once again affect their lives, their father's live-in girlfriend has died and her family no longer wants to or has to care for him so they push him on his son and daughter. Jon and Wendy feel like they have to take care of their father despite the fact they have not spoken to their father for twenty years. Caring for him and trying to find him a suitable plus to live not only opens old wounds but triggers they demons inside the both of them that they got from their father, Lenny's abuse.

I am sure after seeing this film many people will be able to relate to it on many levels, one being the when the time comes for those that took are of us can no longer take care of themselves and need their family to help. The film takes an some what humorous look at a story that is very much real life. The humor does help out some along the way but the reality is that it is never easy to face what comes to all of us sooner or later. The acting here could not be better, Hoffman and Linny are not only terrific together on screen but they do an outstanding job of drawing you into their world, making you feel their pain. This has to be one of the finest drama's to come out in some time that really brings real-life to the screen and it puts the viewer inside the movie right next to the characters, making you not only feel for them but care for them as well. The Savages might not be an easy movie for some people to take but it brings a powerful and realistic look at life we all in some way will face at some point. This is a great film that not only entertains but it teaches us a few lessons along the way as well. DVD Special Features:THE SAVAGES DVD is presented in widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) with English Dolby Surround 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Surround, plus English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus content includes:

“About the Savage” featurette

Director’s Snapshots

“The Sun City West Rhythm Tappers” Extended Scene

“Two of a Kind ” Extended Scene

Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****