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The Safety of Objects (2001)

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A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Train
Julie Gold
Annette Jennings
Paul Gold
Susan Train
Howard Gold
Helen Christianson
Jake Train
Sally Christianson
Bruce Jennings
Karen (as Stephanie Mills)
Angela Vint ...


A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a tailspin when he's passed over for a promotion; Annette Jennings' family is struggling in the wake of her divorce; Helen Christianson is determined to shake up her mundane life. Written by Anonymous

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A powerful story intertwining the lives of four neighboring families as they struggle to understand each other and, ultimately, themselves. See more »



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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La seguridad de los objetos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$86,250 (USA) (7 March 2003)


$319,125 (USA) (20 June 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Kristen Stewart's film debut. See more »


In the opening credits when the families are being listed, the Jennings family is listed as "The Jennings." The correct plural is "The Jenningses." See more »


Esther Gold: There's a certain security in feeling that the worst has happened.
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Spoofs Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997) See more »


Paul's Song
Written by Michael Cavadias, Charles Nieland and Barb Morrison
Performed by Bullet
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Suburbia is everywhere
12 January 2005 | by (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

There has been much talk of how the film represents (or apparently misrepresents) the American psyche but you don't have to be an American to empathise, or indeed sympathise, with these characters. Like it or not, all families are dysfunctional; we are all damaged in some way and that is the beauty of this film. I may not be a manic depressive, masturbate comatosed boys or have had a questionable relationship with my Barbies but life can be 'distasteful', 'brooding', 'pervy', 'joyless' and 'selfish' just as much as it can be wonderful, uplifting and compassionate. No, not every American suburban family are as impaired as these, nor as a Brit do I see a mirror of myself watching Eastenders or Coronation Street. It's just one point of view and I think Rose Troche has handled such social nuances sensitively and with care. I'm not saying the film is perfect. However, complaining because it makes disturbing or uncomfortable viewing smacks of it hitting a nerve.... If you're seeking a no-brainer, go and see the latest Seann William Scott flick. But if you want an alternative slice of American pie - and a more realistic and universal one at that - feast on this.

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