Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC, where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
David O. Russell
Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling salesman, makes Raymond stay home and take care of his mother, an attractive though unhappy woman. His mother's condition leads them to a degree of immediate physical contact which Raymond finds disturbing. He soon meets Toni, a high school girl, but his sexual impulses are increasingly confused, especially since he is still upset over losing the internship. Written by
Boom mic clearly visible when Mr Aibelli first phones Ray from the hotel room. See more »
[Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk]
Can you do me a favor, Helen?
Shut your big fat mouth!
[moments later after she walks off the house]
I'm sorry! I didn't mean to.
You said fat mouth!
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A tale of abuse and child molestation! I appreciate the guts of producers and directors for dealing with such an unpleasant subject matter
This is not a very easy subject matter to tackle. I started watching the movie on television. I kept thinking where is this thing going? My husband went to bed earlier. Next morning his first question, "did they do it?" Yeah, they did.. The topic of incest tends to make me ill, but I was just wondering to what point a parent can push a child. I do not think that the kid was out of control, but that the mother was. The whole family was out of control. A good example of a dysfunctional family. Never was positive enforcement given to that child in the entire movie. The parents expected too much from him and kept on hitting his spirit. The kid was smart enough to get an internship in Washington, D.C., but the father made him stay with the mother. She ends up seducing him. This is so sick! I cannot begin to tell how sick it is to me. When I was in Law School, we had a class called Juvenile Law, where the Professor brought in the victim and the perpetrator of the crime of incest. They sat down and told us, the students, how it happened. Both sides stated how addicting it had become. I was raised in a "Father Knows Best " type of home and the entire discussion stuck to me. Needless to say it really shocked us all! It has been years since I took that class and I can still see the face of the older man who told about committing incest with his daughter. The only solution to the problem was to have them part company forever. Interestingly in the movie the boy leaves because he appeared to know that the situation would continue. He did the right thing!
I appreciate the guts of producers and director for dealing with such an unpleasant topic because it happens and it happens a lot, unfortunately. Otherwise there would not be legislation for it. The movie won Independent Spirit Award 1995; and the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for 1994. This was the first movie I saw that deals with the topic in such a graphic fashion.
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