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Review: Despite Good Performances, ‘The Playroom’ Remains Monotonous and Poorly Conceived

The Playroom constantly states the obvious. For instance, nearly every time some finishes their drink, they proclaim, “I need a drink!” There is a also close-up of a newspaper article announcing the arrest of Patty Hearst, in case we didn’t catch that it takes place in the 1970s. More examples of this occur throughout the film, but said obviousness in direction quickly grows tiring – just give the audience some more credit. Directed by Julia Dyer, and scripted by her sister Gretchen Dyer, The Playroom tells the story of one evening in the lives of four suburban children, cared for chiefly by their teenage sister Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris), as they are sequestered in their upstairs playroom while their parents Martin and Donna (John Hawkes and Molly Parker) get increasingly drunk and debaucherous downstairs with another couple, Clark and Nadia (Jonathan Brooks and Lydia MacKay). To disguise their feelings of abandonment, they
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The Playroom | Review

Played Out: Dyer’s Sophomore Feature Overly Familiar and Underwhelming

Director Julia Dyer, again teaming with screenwriter sister Gretchen, mount their first project since their successfully received 1996 independent feature, Late Bloomers, with a 1970s sexual revolution period piece, The Playroom. While there are certain sensational and dramatic elements that may put one in mind of a cross between something like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Flowers in the Attic, the feature, while it certainly avoids camp cliché, also avoids any type of practical engagement with its sordidly unhappy elements. While the adults in the Dyer sisters’ latest feature suffer the children, so do they suffer the patience of an audience desperately searching for a point of interest in the troupe presented to us here.

Opening with a group of four siblings in the Cantwell family, looked after by elder teen Maggie (Olivia Harris), the breaking newspaper headline on
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The Playroom Movie Review

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The Playroom Movie Review
Title: The Playroom Director: Julia Dyer Starring: John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Olivia Harris, Jonathan Brooks, Lydia McKay, Alexandra Doke, Ian Veteto, Jonathon McClendon, Cody Linley Lovingly captured but rather dramatically inert, “The Playroom” is a slice of 1970s-era familial portraiture, with a special focus on wandering eyes and the secret lives of adults. If “The Ice Storm” was a band, think of this as its minor-chord, B-feature opening act, a boxed-in, presumably autobiographical tale in which a quartet of kids manage their mother’s alcoholism and nice-guy father’s enabling… With Imagination! Set in 1975, “The Playroom” centers on the home life of lawyer Martin Cantwell (John Hawkes) and his scotch-dependent, emotionally distant wife, Donna (Molly Parker). The couple has [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'The Playroom' With John Hawkes & Molly Parker In 7 Minute Featurette

While he may have missed out on an Academy Award nomination for yet another great performance in "The Sessions," fans of actor John Hawkes don't have to wait long to see him again on the big screen. Once again changing gears, the actor stars alongside the underrated Molly Parker in the indie drama "The Playroom," a film that promises a peek behind the curtain of seemingly stable suburban life. Written by Gretchen Dyer and directed by Julia Dyer (who previously teamed on "Late Bloomers"), the story, set in the 1970s, follows a couple whose hurts and betrayals are brought to the fore during a boozy party, all while their children steal away to the attic, where they conjure up stories of their own. It's the kind of small drama that doesn't get made in the studio system anymore, a fact cited by the actors in this exclusive, seven-minute behind-the-scenes featurette as the reason,
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The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and La theaters

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The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and La theaters on February 8th. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, with standout performances especially from up-and-comer Olivia Harris, who plays Maggie in the film. If you are interested in speaking with the talent or reviewing the film, please let me know and I would be happy to coordinate. In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer’s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family. Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
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New Trailer For The Playroom

The ’70s-set family drama The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and the underrated Molly Parker premiered last spring at the Tribeca Fim Festival, but the first clip has newly arrived. Now we have the first theatrical trailer for the film which failed to get much traction.

Freestyle’s upcoming indie drama directed by Julia Dyer (Late Bloomers) is slated for a day and date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD February 8th, 2013. The film written by Julia’s sister Gretchen Dyer sees a family straining beneath a pleasant facade.

The film also stars Molly Parker, Cody Linley, Lydia MacKay, and Olivia Harris. It seems like one of Hawkes’ forgettable indies, but check it out for yourself and maybe you’ll feel differently.

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Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama,
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The Playroom poster, trailer - John Hawkes, Molly Parker star in Julia Dyer film

Watch the trailer for Freestyle Releasing's The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, as well as Olivia Harris, Jonathan Brooks, Cody Linley In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer's second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family.
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The Playroom poster, trailer - John Hawkes, Molly Parker star in Julia Dyer film

Watch the trailer for Freestyle Releasing's The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, as well as Olivia Harris, Jonathan Brooks, Cody Linley In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer's second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family.
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‘Deadwood’ Stars Reunite In Trailer For Seventies Indie Drama ‘The Playroom’

Two terrific actors from my all-time favourite series Deadwood, appear together again in domestic comic-drama, The Playroom. Molly Parker and John Hawkes (fresh from his acclaimed performance in The Sessions) star in the suburbs-set story of the Cantwell family and their struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world during the 1970s. Centred on teenage daughter Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) as the big sister and surrogate mother, who uses her own vulnerability to mask the hard-drinking exploits of her parents from her younger siblings.

Check out this new trailer, which feels like much the same tone as Ang Lee’s acclaimed effort, The Ice Storm, for the film directed by Julia Dyer and released 8th February in the Us, but is still awaiting a release here in the UK.

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The Playroom Trailer with John Hawkes and Molly Parker

The Playroom Trailer with John Hawkes and Molly Parker
Freestyle Releasing has unveiled the first trailer for The Playroom, debuting simultaneously in theaters and on VOD and DVD February 8. John Hawkes and Molly Parker star as alcoholic parents in the 1970s who spend more time entertaining their guests than with their children. Olivia Harris plays the oldest of their four kids, who tells her siblings fantasy stories in the attic, to keep them distracted from the hard-drinking activities downstairs. Take a look at the first footage from director Julia Dyer's drama.

The Playroom - Trailer

The Playroom comes to theaters February 8th, 2013 and stars John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Cody Linley, Jonathan Brooks, Lydia Mackay, Olivia Harris, Jonathon McClendon, Alexandra Doke. The film is directed by Julia Dyer.
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Check Out the Trailer for The Playroom

The trailer for Freestyle's upcoming indie drama The Playroom is now online and you can check it out in the player below. Directed by Julia Dyer ( Late Bloomers ), The Playroom stars Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes ( Winter's Bone , The Sessions ) and Molly Parker ("Dexter," "The Firm"). The film, which premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, was produced by Stephen Dyer ( Hysteria ) and Angie Meyer (Wuss), and is slated for a day and date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD February 8, 2013. Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie (newcomer Olivia...
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John Hawkes Challenges Molly Parker In Playroom Clip

Each year the Tribeca Film Festival offers a flood of new features, from midnight movies, to foreign films, brand-new narratives and debuting documentaries. As such, a critic covering the fest is spoiled for choice, and, thus, frequently forced to fill their screening schedule haphazardly. Last year, as I bounced around Tribeca, chasing down press screenings, I made it a point to see The Playroom, and am very glad I did. Directed by Julia Dyer, the film was her second feature, following 1996's Late Bloomers, both of which were written by her late sister, Gretchen Dryer. But I'd never heard of the Dryer sisters. What drew me to The Playroom was its cast, which included two stars from the HBO western series Deadwood, John Hawkes and Molly Parker. In the drama, set in the 1970s, Hawkes and Parker play a husband and wife who are brewing for a scandalous showdown. Newcomer
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First Trailer For The Playroom, Starring John Hawkes & Molly Parker!

The Playroom, an upcoming drama which comes from director Julia Dyer, is set to open in limited theaters next month. Today, we finally have the first trailer for the whole thing, and I’m sure you’re going to love this short video. Why? Well, ’cause they already describe it as funny, wise and powerful story set in 1975. And, do you know where your parents are?

Directed by Julia Dyer, the movie is set in the suburbs during the 1970s, and the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world.

Starring John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Olivia Harris and Cody Linley, The Playroom is set to hit limited theaters on February 8th, 2013.

Maggie is a vulnerable yet tempestuous teenager who acts as big sister and surrogate mother to her three younger siblings.
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New Poster For The Playroom

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have released the first poster for The Playroom starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker.

Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) is a vulnerable yet tempestuous teenager who acts as big sister and surrogate mother to her three younger siblings. Upstairs in the attic she tells them fantastical stories, but only to mask what is happening downstairs. As her hard-drinking parents, Martin and Donna (Hawkes and Parker), entertain guests, Maggie grapples with their flawed choices and is thrust into a world she might not be ready for.

Directed by Julia Dyer (.Late Bloomers.), the movie premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year.s Tribeca Film Festival and was
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The Playroom Lands at Freestyle Releasing

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired theatrical and all DVD and VOD rights to The Playroom, directed by Julia Dyer. The drama, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, is scheduled for a day-and-date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD Feb. 8.

John Hawkes, Molly Parker and Olivia Harris star in the story of a suburban family during the 1970s comprised of a pair of hard-drinking parents and the teenaged daughter desperately trying to keep her three younger siblings distracted from the chaos. Stephen Dyer (Hysteria) and Angie Meyer (Wuss) produced. Here's what Freestyle president Susan Jackson had to say about the drama.

"Julia Dyer has created a beautiful time machine back to the '70s. The film is a bird's eye view of a tumultuous period told from the perspective of children."

Jackson, head of acquisitions Chris Charalambous and Bill Straus of Bgp and Jonathan Gray of Gray,
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News Shorts: December 18th 2012

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Posters for Parker, A Haunted House, and Escape from Planet Earth.

20th Century Fox has revealed the worldwide release dates for The Wolverine. There's also a trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Willow, and a new viral website for Star Trek Into Darkness.

"'Draft Day', the football-themed drama script with Kevin Costner attached, topped the annual Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays…" (full details)

"Criterion have announced their March Blu-ray titles which include Terrence Malick’s 'Badlands,' Fritz Lang's 'Ministry of Fear,' Robert Bresson's 'A Man Escaped,' the Charlie Chaplin title 'Monsieur Verdoux,' the 50's version of 'The Blob,' and Powell and Pressburger's 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'…" (full details)

"The Weinstein Company has scrapped the L.A. premiere of
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News Shorts: December 18th 2012

Photos for Gangster Squad, Kill Your Darlings, The Hangover Part III and Red 2.

Posters for Parker, A Haunted House, and Escape from Planet Earth.

20th Century Fox has revealed the worldwide release dates for The Wolverine. There's also a trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Willow, and a new viral website for Star Trek Into Darkness.

"'Draft Day', the football-themed drama script with Kevin Costner attached, topped the annual Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays…" (full details)

"Criterion have announced their March Blu-ray titles which include Terrence Malick’s 'Badlands,' Fritz Lang's 'Ministry of Fear,' Robert Bresson's 'A Man Escaped,' the Charlie Chaplin title 'Monsieur Verdoux,' the 50's version of 'The Blob,' and Powell and Pressburger's 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'…" (full details)

"The Weinstein Company has scrapped the L.A. premiere of
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Freestyle Releasing Acquires The Playroom

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have announced that they have acquired theatrical and all DVD and VOD rights to The Playroom , the critically acclaimed drama directed by Julia Dyer ( Late Bloomers ), which stars Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes ( Winter's Bone , The Sessions ) and Molly Parker ("Dexter," "The Firm"). The film, which premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, was produced by Stephen Dyer ( Hysteria ) and Angie Meyer ( Wuss ), and is slated for a day and date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD February 8, 2013. Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly...
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Julia Dyers’ The Playroom Acquired By Freestyle; John Hawkes Drama Set For Feb. 8th Release

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media announce today that they have acquired theatrical and all DVD and VOD rights to The Playroom, the critically acclaimed drama directed by Julia Dyer (.Late Bloomers.), which stars Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes (.Winter.s Bone,. .The Sessions.) and Molly Parker (Dexter, The Firm). The film, which premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year.s Tribeca Film Festival, was produced by Stephen Dyer (.Hysteria.) and Angie Meyer (.Wuss.), and is slated for a day and date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD February 8th, 2013.

Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) is a vulnerable yet tempestuous teenager who acts as big sister and surrogate mother to her three younger siblings.
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'The Playroom' Lands Distributor

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'The Playroom' Lands Distributor
Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired the theatrical, DVD and VOD rights to "The Playroom," a drama directed by Julia Dyer ("Late Bloomers"), which stars John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone," "The Sessions") and Molly Parker ("Dexter," "The Firm").  The film is slated for a day-and-date theatrical release and on DVD/VOD on Feb. 8, 2013. "The Playroom" premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It was produced by Stephen Dyer ("Hysteria") and Angie Meyer ("Wuss"). Set in the suburbs during the1970s, the family drama tells the story of Maggie
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