337. The Savages (2007)

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6.9 Interesting
  • Acting 7.1
  • Directing 6.8
  • Story 6.7
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Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, Philip Bosco

Director: Tamara Jenkins

Running Time: 114 mins


The Savages is an American film about a brother and sister who join together after their elderly father’s condition worsens, and they have to find him a nursing home, despite the fact that the both of them disagree strongly on the fate of their father.

This was an interesting film. Another funny, yet dramatic and serious story about the ways in which people come together in a time of need when a family member is dying, and this did exactly that.

I didn’t necessarily think that this was the funniest comedy-drama ever, being a lot more focussed on the effects that a family death can have on people, but there were still a few stand-out moments that were in fact very funny, even though the level of comedy wasn’t too consistent coming towards the end of the film.

As usual, the film was presented in an interesting enough way, but the main problem that I had with this film was the fact that it just seemed very repetitive to watch. Of course it was evident what would happen in the end, but there was nothing really very entertaining and perhaps surprising to see throughout, it was all the same all the way through, making it at time frustrating to watch.

Overall, I’ll give this a 6.9 because although it was a serious and often interesting film, the story seemed repetitive, not really funny enough and occasionally irritating to follow.

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