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The Daytrippers (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  5 March 1997 (USA)
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When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

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Louis D'Amico
Hope Davis ...
Eliza Malone D'Amico
Pat McNamara ...
Jim Malone
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Rita Malone
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Jo Malone
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Carl Petrovic
Stephanie Venditto ...
Cassandra
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Eddie Masler
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Aaron
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Chap
Jill Rowe ...
Monica Young
Andy Brown ...
Ronnie
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Leon
Amy Stiller ...
Amy Corinne Fairbright-Lebow
Peter Askin ...
Nick Woodman
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Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station wagon, to go to the city to confront Louis with the letter. On the way, the five explore their relations with each other, and meet many interesting people. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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One station wagon. Two generations. Three couples. Four relationships. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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5 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£38,886 (UK) (24 July 1998)

Gross:

£271,605 (UK) (21 August 1998)
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Andrew Marvell is mentioned as a contemporary of Shakespeare, but he wasn't born until five years after the Bard of Avon died. See more »

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Carl: The Europeans may have been imperialist, but they knew how to make a building.
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Fat Cat Bigga Fish
Written by R. Riley and E. Davis
Performed by The Coup
Published by Frozen Soup Songs/Field Kegro Music
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One day in the city shows the dynamics of a dysfunctional family
24 October 2000 | by (Los Angles, CA) – See all my reviews

Daytrippers is a progressive drama about a family that takes an adventure into New York City after Eliza (Hope Davis) discovers a love letter that may uncover an affair between her husband and somebody named Sandy. Anne Meara does a good job as the typical East Coast, controlling mother. The indie-film queen Parker Posey plays Eliza's little sister whose boyfriend Carl, played by Liev Schreiber, is an exaggeration of the young, snobbish, know-it-all author. The family is hardly functional which makes this film particularly honest.

The key to Daytrippers is not the plot, which never fails to keep you watching, but the dialogue and the situations. Pay close attention to the characters that the family meets in the city. They all embody some kind of contradictions that make you think a little bit. Look for the scene where Marc Grapey begins describing his sexual exploits by condemning such practices.

If you are looking for a drama that provokes you, this is one of them. There are no happy endings and none of the issues raised are resolved. Fans of Parker Posey will especially enjoy her performance in this one.


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