The Safety of Objects (2001)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 August 2003 (UK)
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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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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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Timothy Olyphant's character Randy kidnaps a boy named Erol. In the movie adaptation they change the sex of Enrol and provide her with an ambiguous name (Sam, could be from Samuel or from Samantha) and ambiguous appearance (Sam wears boyish clothes most of the time. 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: If you are ever in a praying situation with Him: Be Specific! Include certain clauses. It's not enough to assume that if a person lives they'll be okay... Cause God has a wicked sense of humor. And even though he knows you mean more, he'll only give you exactly what you ask for.
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Spoofs Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997) See more »


Written by Michael Cavadias, Charles Nieland and Barb Morrison
Performed by Kristen Stewart and Bullet
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I Loved This Film
30 September 2003 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

I saw The Safety Of Objects at a cinema club in San Francisco in 2002. It was then released for one week at theaters, but I was not able to see it again. I am anxiously awaiting its DVD release in October.

I absolutely loved this film. I liked the tone, the pacing, and of course, the actors. The film had just the right mix of comedy and drama, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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