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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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23 October 2009 (Poland)  »

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A Família Bartlett  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The script was developed at the 2002 Sundance filmmaker's lab and was one of the focal points of the Robert Redford produced documentary Sundance 20 (2002), which is an inside look at the lab's process. See more »

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When Scott and Adriana are in the confessional booth drinking, Adriana takes her first sip of the wine from the bottle, and passes it through to Scott neck first, but when Scott receives it, he's receiving it bottom end first. See more »

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Mickey Bartlett: So you're telling me you weren't happy on your wedding day either?
Brenda Bartlett: Telling me you felt trapped minutes before the ceremony didn't exactly bring a fucking smile to my face!
Mickey Bartlett: I was talking about the tux.
Brenda Bartlett: Oh, so this is all just some big misunderstanding then?
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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19 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lymelife is the story of a family in Long Island's suburbia during the 1970's. This movie shows us how half truths and the exclusion of detail are in fact lies and even though we don't mean them to hurt they still do. The father (Alec Baldwin) is so enraptured by the suburbia lifestyle that he's completely forgotten that it's not money that makes you happy, but family. The mother who only wants the best for her children doesn't want to raise them in this judgmental place where she can't be herself. The brother, Jimmy, (Kieran Culkin) has a typical relationship with his father where he wants to be the exact opposite of him and does so by joining the army and running away. Rory Culkin does an exquisite job starring as Scott, the main character, who is the only one who is trying to put things into perspective for everyone else whilst going through puberty and fighting his insatiable love for the girl next door who sees him as a little brother. Although all of their problems seem trivial compared to their neighbor who has lyme disease that is like a constant acid trip and is ruining his life. All in all I would highly recommend seeing this movie because as depressing as I've made it sound it is in fact quite lifting and a great piece of cinema.


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