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Around the Bend (2004)

In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son; he's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family ... See full summary »

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Henry Lair
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Katrina
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John
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College Student (as Robert Douglas)
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KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
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Albert
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Albert's Mother
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KFC Manager
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Walter
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Ruth
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In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son; he's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a trip to Albuquerque. His plans are interrupted when Turner, Jason's father and Henry's son, appears after years of absence. Henry wants to celebrate family, as does Zach, Jason's son; Jason is angry and distant, Turner seems detached and says he's got a bus to catch in the morning. This prompts Henry to put in place an elaborate plan that will send his "tribe" on that VW bus trip to New Mexico sorting out relationships and digging up a crippled family history. Dust and dogs figure prominently. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

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20 January 2005 (Argentina)  »

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$17,879 (USA) (8 October 2004)

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$193,571 (USA) (19 November 2004)
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Sir Michael Caine, who plays Christopher Walken's father, is only ten years older than him. See more »

Goofs

The graveyard scene at the beginning of the film was supposed to be set somewhere in southern California, as this was before they began their road trip to New Mexico. However, in the background you can catch a few glimpses of the Albuquerque skyline. See more »

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[first lines]
Henry Lair: [banging on the furniture]
Jason Lair: Henry, it's 1 o'clock.
Henry Lair: I was... drumming for an idea.
Jason Lair: I heard.
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Featured in It's a Good Day: The Making of 'Around the Bend' (2005) See more »

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A Fine Romance
Written by Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern
Performed by Jill Zadeh & Gary Le Mel (as Gary LeMel)
Produced by Bobby Colomby
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Explores family relationships w/great depth and sensitivity.
15 October 2004 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas are incredibly believable in their rich portrayals of a father and son who have been apart for many years and brought together by an eccentric grandfather's wish for a family reunion and an emotional scavenger hunt. Newcomer, Jonah Bobo is superbly natural in his role as Zack. The story is heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time, reminding us that while we don't choose our families, we can choose to love and accept them in spite of the damage we do to each other. We can indeed learn from the mistakes of those who go before us and pass on the best of the previous generation leaving our mark on the next generation.

This was a great movie, with a great soundtrack - a real father-son coming of age story without any saccharine!


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