MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 784 this week

Lymelife (2008)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 12,103 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 49 user | 156 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 17 Mar 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 05 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 7 months ago
 
L
a list of 45 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lymelife" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lymelife (2008)

Lymelife (2008) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lymelife.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Jordan
Stars: Derick Martini, Steven Martini, Amy Hathaway
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Diving to save a camera from a fall down a flight of stairs, high school junior Naomi Sukuse wakes with no memory of the last four years. Naomi must remember who she was and figure out who ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Canosa
Stars: Maki Horikita, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuya Tegoshi
Milkshake (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A pretty young waitress at a truck stop diner befriends an older, seemingly lonely man. As their friendship develops we realize appearances might not always be what they seem.

Director: Renji Philip
Stars: Rome Brooks, William Lige Morton, Amy Motta
Hick (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Director: Derick Martini
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Rory Culkin
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director: James C. Strouse
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry
Virginia (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.

Director: Dustin Lance Black
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Harrison Gilbertson
Twelve (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin
4.3.2.1. (2010)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While Jo (Roberts) is chained down in a dead end supermarket job, her friends are all out on their own separate adventures: Cassandra (Egerton) is jetting off to New York to meet her ... See full summary »

Directors: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
Stars: Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond
Rain I (2001)
Drama | Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A tragedy that tells the story of murder, sex and redemption against the backdrop of a dead-end town.

Director: Katherine Lindberg
Stars: Melora Walters, Kris Park, Jamey Sheridan
Deadline IV (2011)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Kyle and Sarah are starting a life together in a renovated house in Hollywood Hills, on the same property where the original house burned-down a decade earlier with its owner vanished. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Tasara
Stars: Gary Hudson, Jules Willcox, Paul Francis
BigLove (2001)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Sampson and Delilah pack up for school like dutiful children, Mom and Dad employ their own adolescent diversions to try to keep them at home. A whimsical role-reversal story with enough love to go around.

Director: Leif Tilden
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Mary McCormack, Emma Roberts
Brides (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Stars: Damian Lewis, Victoria Haralabidou, Andréa Ferréol
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Phillip Pennestri ...
Louis Ruffolo Jr. ...
Bartender
Beepers ...
Deer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The American Dream Sucks

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

A Família Bartlett  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling were also attached to the film in its early stages. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Scott Bartlett: So are we gonna like... do it?
Adrianna Bragg: Do you really want to talk about it?
See more »

Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Bells of St. Mary's
Written by Douglas Furber, A. Emmett Adams
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Rick Sheppard Productions
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Touching but occasionally disturbing coming-of-age story
4 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended the World Premiere of "Lymelife" at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. This touching but occasionally disturbing coming-of-age story was, literally, a labor of brotherly love. Director Derick Martini and his brother Steven not only wrote the screenplay together but they also co-edited it. Adding to those responsibilities, Steven composed the music and was one of the producers.

Based on events in their own lives, the brothers Martini have crafted a story of love and denial, mystery and tragedy.

The film focuses on two families, the Bartletts and the Braggs. The adults here -- Alec Baldwin and Jill Hennessy as Micky and Brenda Bartlett, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon as Charlie and Melissa Bragg -- are woefully flawed and ill-equipped role models for their children -- Rory and Kieran Culkin as Scott and Jimmy Bartlett, Emma Roberts as Adrianna Bragg. When Scott and Adrianna begin to discover the joys of young love, the road down which they travel is as full of promise as the Long Island Rail Road tracks that carry the ever-present trains past their houses.

"Lymelife" has the classic, bona fide look and feel of a true American indie. The 70s soundtrack is a real crowd pleaser. Long Island's bucolic setting betrays the tension and deception that lies just beneath the surface of these dysfunctional families.

Photography is topnotch, and cinematographer Frank Godwin fills the film with long takes and tracking shots (Gus Van Sant fans will be pleased) which help build tension and allow the audience to stay in tune with the film's ebbs and flows. Many scenes without dialogue are among the most powerful as Martini allows Rory's face and eyes to say more than any script could (think "Mean Creek").

The entire ensemble cast turn in standout performances. Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon are particularly impressive. But, most of all, Rory Culkin carries this film. His relationship with his brother offscreen translates onto the screen so well that it's hard to tell where the acting ends and the Culkins begin. In fact, Martini said he often left the camera rolling and didn't yell "cut," in order to capture their playfulness. If the interaction between the brothers felt authentic, it may be because much of what is seen on screen was improvised. That's why it seemed so real and painful, because it was.

Despite some dark themes, "Lymelife" has quite a bit of humor in it. Imagine a slightly lighter "American Beauty" or "Snow Angels." In fact, Culkin's relationship with Emma Roberts is, along with that of Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby in "Snow Angels," one of the the best depictions of first love and awkward sexual encounters I've ever seen.

Ironically, Martini's style is also quite similar to that of David Gordon Green, who directed "Snow Angels." He allows much of the action to come from the actors themselves as opposed to his own direction.

Despite the film's many twists and turns, "Lymelife" is ultimately a story of the wonders of discovery. More than anything, what we discover are the possibilities presented by youth.

The Toronto experience is unlike any other. First, Martini introduced the film. In fact, they delayed the screening as long as they could and he tried to vamp onstage for awhile since Kieran and Rory were held up in traffic. He eventually decided to roll the film, and just as he was about to turn over the mike and walk offstage "his boys" walked in. He didn't want to start it without them. So right from the start there was a bond between the filmmaker, cast, and audience. It was one of the festival's small venues so it was packed.

The exciting Q&A after the screening was truly a family affair with both the brothers Martini and Culkin in attendance. Very few people left as the credits rolled since the film leaves many points open to interpretation. Martini was exceptional. It was one of the best Q&As I've attended (and that numbers in the hundreds). He was upbeat, friendly, and willing to discuss a lot of the "behind the scenes" aspects. Many filmmakers are a bit shy onstage and reluctant to open up. He was not.

I chose "Lymelife" as one of my 5 Top Picks from this year's festival (out of 30 films). It also won the prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery and is now making the rounds of the festival circuit. Screen Media picked up the film for distribution and it hits theaters on April 8, 2009.


41 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
American Beauty vs. LymeLife moviecritic007
i love this movie emilyk_haha
My Favorite Movie of 2009 Cameron_Frye
Saw both endings, hope this clears up confusion filmforum242
Music from Lymelife crgr03
Lymelife best script ever? filmforum242
Discuss Lymelife (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?