Jon Savage and his sister Wendy don't get along too well and they would both prefer not to try. Growing up with an abusive and absentee father, neither one has any idea about how to live in a loving family unit.
Copyright © 2007 Twentieth Century Fox
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Fresh: The Savages is a delightful movie -- the perfect companion piece (and antidote) to the year's other superb convalescent-dementia picture, Away From Her.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, December 1, 2007
A simple, honest and moving drama with some great performances. Having cared for dying relatives, I could relate to it a lot. I liked the fact that without being preachy, it gives us the most important lessons of all, Don't give up and it will probably all be all right in the end. Loved the last scene, I think I'm going soft!
- SirPant, Thursday, October 1, 2009
Some exquisitely beautiful scenes: Jon's gradual congratulations for Wendy while he's strapped to that back-aligner contraption; Jon yelling in the parking lot about how all the nursing home niceties prey on guilt; Wendy and Jimmy's short-lived friendship; Lenny turning down his hearing aid as Jon and Wendy bicker about how they're not like their father. It's good. It's darkly comedic. It's a movie I'd like to love, you know? But something about it throws me off. Perhaps it's the andante pacing. Perhaps it's the overabundant places in the script that are textbook definitions of how to split dialogue into different locations or withhold exposition from the audience. Perhaps it's the portrayal of a starving playwright's life that hits too close to home, yet somehow still closes with a random, happy ending.
- aliceinpunderland, Saturday, September 19, 2009