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The Giving Tree (2000)

A schoolmate is invited to a cabin by a hostess and her friend commits suicide and they are trying to find out why.

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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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Best Friends, Dark Secrets

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Drama | Thriller

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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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When the guests go into the house for the first time...there is a bandage on Molly Ringwald's foot as she heads up the stairs. Inside the house...when the piano is uncovered...no bandage is present. See more »

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Written by Bob Mair and Joel Wachbrit
Performed by Buddha Belly
Published by Black Toast Music (BMI) and Squid Knees (ASCAP)
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All the fault of the Music
25 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film needs to be re-cut (and perhaps retitled yet again) with a completely new soundtrack. I could have made a better soundtrack to this film with some dental floss and a fork. The non-musical elements of this movie are not without merit, yet the soundtrack biases the entire film for the viewer. Its syrupy sentimentality makes the viewer feel forced into emotions that would easily be achieved otherwise.

The dialogue isn't terrible, the acting is a little better, and the pretty cinematography on top of a sunny mountain in California is actually pretty good. The plot is a kind of hybrid of several tired Hollywood stories, but there are enough quirky (some might say needlessly random) elements to hold interest.

In the end though, it's Christina Applegate's mesmerizing one-scene (and a flashback) performance truly makes the whole movie worth watching.


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