The Giving Tree (2000)

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Nine former schoolmates, staying at a secluded mountain cabin for a reunion, try to figure out why one of their friends and their hostess would invite them there and commit suicide which ... See full summary »



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Nine former schoolmates, staying at a secluded mountain cabin for a reunion, try to figure out why one of their friends and their hostess would invite them there and commit suicide which prompts them to look into the mysterious and dark past of their 10th friend. Written by Matt Patay

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, a scene of sexual assault and drug content | See all certifications »




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The Giving Tree (2000)
10 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Several estranged friends are invited to spend a time out of town by their friend Emily. Only she kills herself. Not being able to leave the place for a few days they try to understand what happened and clear up things among each other.4 The idea isn't all that bad, but the way it was done and turned out does make this movie below average.

One major problem was the writing. Some dialogues were just corny and unrealistic. The ending was a fail because it didn't unite all characters but only concerned a few of them. It was also a bit pathetic how the movie was making Emily to be such a saint. References to her, the reason she committed suicide was all just too much.

A problem is a bit of a genre inconsistency. While it is common to have some humor in a drama, I felt that some (not many, but still) scenes were way too comedic for this kind of a story.

Other things are absolutely off and pointless. I don't want to use any spoilers, so I will just say that the dog story was horrible. There was no reason for it, it just took away my ability to sympathize with characters, the way it turned out was unrealistic and in a way insulting.

Another problem is some of the acting. Mainly the problem was the girl that played Vanilla. I don't see her listed in the cast and I can see why, because it was such an embarrassing performance. The character is significant, but her portrayal of Vanilla ruins it. She plays her way too stupid, doesn't seem like a 23year old, more like someone who is 5. The voice she makes is horrific.

But most actors did a good job. Some seemed to be bad simply because they had bad lines to work with. An example for this would be Molly Ringwald who still managed to make the interaction with her on screen husband impressive. Moon Zappa was very good as well. I looked through the character list and noticed that the movie as the end of most of the careers, which is sad in a way because many had great talent.

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