6.5/10
3,862
43 user 49 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Shiner (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Frances Barber
Shadow Run (1998)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Haskell (Michael Caine) is assigned a job by his boss, the aristocratic Landon-Higgins (James Fox), to highjack a high security van in broad daylight while it's in the shadow run (out of ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Reeve
Stars: Michael Caine, James Fox, Matthew Pochin
The Statement (2003)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates
Quicksand (2003)
Drama | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After a workaholic banker journeys to Monaco to investigate the suspicious activities of a company, he finds himself framed for murder and running for his life.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Michael Keaton, Michael Caine, Judith Godrèche
The Actors (2003)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people to whom he owes money.

Director: Conor McPherson
Stars: Michael Caine, Dylan Moran, Michael Gambon
$5 a Day (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone
The Debtors (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Debtors is a comedy about a group of people with various addictions who meet up at the tables in Las Vegas.

Director: Evi Quaid
Stars: Michael Caine, Randy Quaid, Catherine McCormack
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Henry Lair
...
...
Jason Lair
...
Katrina
...
...
John
...
College Student (as Robert Douglas)
...
KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
...
Albert
Jean Effron ...
Albert's Mother
...
Tiffany's Saleswoman
...
KFC Manager
...
Detective
...
Walter
...
Ruth
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

trip | bus | on the road | dog | mexico | See All (177) »

Taglines:

The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A kanyaron túl  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$193,571 (USA) (19 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 words "My boy" appear written on different parts on the back of the old photograph depending on if it's a wide shot or a close-up. 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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in It's a Good Day: The Making of 'Around the Bend' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll Away The Stone
Written by Leon Russell and Greg Dempsey
Performed by Leon Russell
Courtesy of Shelter Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Possibly prejudiced, but passionately pro

I was the composer on this film, and while I recognise that that fact may taint me as blindly partisan on its behalf, I still have to say that

A) I have never seen audiences respond with such obvious affection and warmth towards anything that I've ever worked on, (even including my terminally unemotional engineer, who actually cried, something I never expected in a million years that I would ever see, and doubt that I will again. )

and B)... Just give it a chance. If you hate it, so you blew 20 bucks and a couple hours. feel free to send me a nasty email, and if you make a convincing enough case, maybe i'll personally refund your 20. I doubt I'll have to. This is a wonderful film, made by the kind of person and for the kinds of reasons that we all need to support, if we care at all about what we do, and how it affects people. And I mean people, not industry professionals. See it with a civilian audience, as a human being, and you will be rewarded. This is a splendid movie, and Walken is stunning, and this is one where you just have to take the big city critics with a grain of salt. This movie was not made for them. It wasn't made for professional opinion makers. It was made for you. And yes, I may be prejudiced, but I don't think so.

David Baerwald


37 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?