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Around the Bend (2004)

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In LA, 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Henry Lair
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Jason Lair
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Katrina
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John
Robert Douglas Washington ...
College Student (as Robert Douglas)
Carlos A. Cabarcas ...
KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
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Albert
Jean Effron ...
Albert's Mother
Lily Knight ...
Tiffany's Saleswoman
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KFC Manager
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Detective
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Walter
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Ruth
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Storyline

In LA, 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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2005 (Argentina)  »

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A kanyaron túl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$193,571 (USA) (19 November 2004)
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Trivia

When Katrina is watching Ghost Ship (2002), there is a picture above her head. It is a picture of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. See more »

Goofs

The sound of the horror film that Katrina is watching (Ghost Ship) does not match the scene that is shown. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi Ho Silver
Written by Ed Kirkeby and Fats Waller
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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14 May 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I found this in a video store and with the great cast (not always a good indicator!) and the list of awards won I took a chance on it being good. As is often the case when you have little expectation you are most pleasantly surprised. I thought the characters were wonderful the setting and photography beautiful and the soundtrack really made it. There are also nice little touches where an item seen in a passing shot has a connection to something later in the film.

The only weakness I felt was Josh Lucas in the role of the child's father. It was hard to make any genetic connection with the characters played by Michael Caine or Christopher Walken. It's not that his acting was poor he just didn't seem to fit in. Please try and see the movie - I doubt that you'll be disappointed.


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