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Lymelife (2008)

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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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The American Dream Sucks

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Dedicated to Derick Martini's late grandparents. See more »

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On the sign announcing the construction of the Bartletts' new house, the Bartlett Group's address is given as "329 Empire Road, Long Island, NY, 89023." It is more likely that the town would be given (e.g., "Bethpage, NY" rather than "Long Island, NY"), but in any case 89023 is a Nevada zip code. See more »

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Jimmy Bartlett: R2-D2, is that really you?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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My Rifle, My Pony and Me
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin (as D. Tiomkin), Paul Francis Webster (as P. Webster)
Performed by Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson
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A quality addition . . .
18 June 2009 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"You can take the girl outta Queens, am I right?" Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin as Mickey Bartlett)

Dysfunctional families as a theme reached its apotheosis ten years ago in Sam Mendes' American Beauty, a rich blend of realism and fancy involving real estate, coming of age, and infidelity. Just about the same territory is covered in Derick Martini's Lymelife, only this time the metaphors seem forced, the characters less developed, and the denouement less ambiguous.

Lymelife, however, is a quality addition to the deconstruction of the American dream. It's 1979 America, and Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin) has a burgeoning business developing upscale homes on Long Island. His family life is in decline as witnessed by 15 year old central character Jimmy Bartlett (Kieran Culkin), the only one whose prospects with babe next door, Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts), get better with each of his endearing humiliations. Mickey is a philanderer (he is played by Baldwin, after all), a spendthrift, and family neglecter, all of which must be addressed by the film's ambitious albeit incomplete plot.

The story moves gently but inexorably to a strong conclusion, where things seem to settle into their appointed fates, more an affirmation that American life between here and American Beauty hasn't changed much with its defeats and victories abundant. While Lymelife (a reference to the disease present in Long Island and a cumbersome metaphor) gains no new insights about our materialism and sexual exploration, it does present a true look at a time when this American life might have been more complicated than it is now.


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