MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 58 this week

In the Bedroom (2001)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  11 January 2002 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 28,853 users   Metascore: 86/100
Reviews: 502 user | 166 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 06 Oct 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 08 Aug 2012
 
2c
a list of 42 titles
created 05 Mar 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: In the Bedroom (2001)

In the Bedroom (2001) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of In the Bedroom.

User Polls

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

25th Hour (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman
City of God (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino
Vera Drake (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye
Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo
A Prophet (2009)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
Frozen River (2008)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

Director: Courtney Hunt
Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd
Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor
The Keeper (1995)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Paul Lamont, a corrections officer and law student, leads a comfortable if culturally bankrupt, middle-class existence. Lamont's marriage is already in trouble when he bails out a ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Brewster
Stars: Giancarlo Esposito, Regina Taylor, Isaach De Bankolé
Trainspotting (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
William Wise ...
...
...
Frank T. Wells ...
W. Clapham Murray ...
...
Terry A. Burgess ...
District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh ...
Diane E. Hamlin ...
Davis' Assistant
...
Edit

Storyline

The Fowlers are a normal family in Maine. Matt is the town doctor and loves to fish, his wife, Ruth, is the school's choir leader, and their son, Frank, is home from his first year of college. Frank is in love with Natalie, a young mother who isn't quite divorced yet from her ex-husband, Richard Strout, whose family runs the local cannery. It makes Richard's blood run cold to see his wife running around with another man. And soon, an unthinkable tragedy happens that will tear the Fowlers apart... Written by Will

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In the Bedroom  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£87,294 (UK) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$35,918,429 (USA) (10 May 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

(CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the products used in the film are real regional products commonly found in seacoast Maine (i.e. Oakhurst brand milk). See more »

Goofs

Matt's hair changes between shots during their argument in the living room. See more »

Quotes

Matt: [pulls out hamburger buns from paper bag] Oh, Ruth hates these.
Willis Grinnel: What?
Matt: I got the wrong kind of buns.
Willis Grinnel: Maybe we can borrow hers.
[points towards Natalie, who is bending over and feeding Duncan]
Willis Grinnel: Ah, what I would give to have back my youth.
Matt: Yeah, well, Willis, you never had that in your youth.
See more »

Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »

Connections

References The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by William Mapother
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
something's going on in the bedroom
10 December 2002 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

9 out of 10

Watching Todd Field's feature film debut `In the Bedroom,' I could not help but be impressed by the sheer audacity of the film, by the spot-on performances, and by the many twists and turns that no critic should reveal. Yet amidst all the film's obvious strengths, there was still something missing-something to tie it all together, something to endow the film with more than just a fleeting impression.

Ironically perhaps, I was provided this missing bit of information not by the film, but by a male audience member sitting at the end of my aisle, trying to explain the point of the film in less than derogatory terms to his female companion.

`You're missing the whole point of the film,' he said. `It was all about men being controlled by women.'

No doubt he read this interpretation from someone else's review of the film (and what a sweet piece of justice it would be if that critic were a woman). It is quite possible that he was not even aware of the ramifications of what he had said. But this man's legitimacy aside, his statement has not left me since, and the film in turn has had the same luck in escaping me.

We are first introduced to Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl, `Bully') and Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei, `My Cousin Vinny'), he a young college student with no immediate plans to settle down, she an older divorcee raising two children. They are in love, though for Frank she is little more than a `summer fling.' Meanwhile Natalie's ex-husband, Richard (William Mapother, `Mission: Impossible 2'), is unwilling to let her out of his life, and begins to be physically abusive to Frank. Frank's parents, Matt (Tom Wilkinson, `The Full Monty') and Ruth (Sissy Spacek, `The Straight Story')-both in top form here-show appropriate concern for their only son, and they intervene in this dangerous love triangle with unexpected twists and tragic results.

The film jumps about in tone from a light romantic romp to a seeming political treatise to a creepy, nocturnal thriller. Some have criticized the film for this alleged inconsistency in tone, slow pacing, and a deliberate ending. But these naysayers have overlooked the point.

Frank may not even really love Natalie, so much as he loves being controlled by her and sating his mother by being with her. Richard becomes a threat to everyone because he is unwilling to let Natalie consider him out of her life; he is a slave to her whim. The resulting tension reveals a rift between Frank's parents, and in particular, his father's actions in the end demonstrate a helpless allegiance to his wife and her command.

Field, who up until now has been primarily an actor (he was the piano player in `Eyes Wide Shut'), understands these important points but does not beat the viewer over the head with them. He presents a reality more raw and true than any other piece of film in recent memory. Yet he does so with a restraint that Hollywood seems to have forgotten. Most of the film's violence is overheard or implied, and only explicitly shown when necessary for the audience to completely understand what has happened. This allows for more subtle details, like a bridgekeeper who must run around in circles to alternate traffic between the road and the sea, to emerge as truly haunting, lasting images.

But `In the Bedroom' is not about any of these things. It is, first and foremost, about its characters. It does not fall prey to plot mechanics, nor does it flinch at exploring even the most sympathetic characters' darkest sides. For this and so many other reasons which are best left discussed behind closed doors between loved ones, `In the Bedroom' succeeds at turning the camera on flawed relationships of all forms, and it is one of the best films of the year.


70 of 91 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie or Little Children? Busilini
The Slowest Movie Ever Made (and my story of how I saw it) brooksbono
natalie and frank? beckguhhh
the title is awful nextexiter-2
worst movie ever Rockreigns
Can someone please explain to me what this movie is about? YEAHxthree
Discuss In the Bedroom (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?