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The Talent Given Us (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 June 2004 (USA)
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A retired New York City couple drive across country to reconnect with their reclusive son, joined by their two unmarried daughters.

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Judy and Allen are 70 years old, retired now, and at that point in their unremarkable marriage and lives that the farthest the day calls them from the crossword puzzle is to the Fairway supermarket. On one such excursion they run into two of their son Andrew's teachers from high school who want Andrew to return to New York to teach at his alma mater. Judy promises to pass the offer along, concealing the disappointment that she rarely speaks to her son. In the day that follows she spirals into a regret which ends in her epiphany to remedy her relationship with him. Immediately. And face-to-face. But since she's terrified of flying they must drive. Across the country to Los Angeles. Along for what began as a casual drive to the beach, Judy and Allen's two unmarried, thirty-something daughters, Emily and Maggie, find themselves roped into this odyssey. Even though Allen doesn't tear up the road, all the family and marital dirt is dug up. Written by Andrew Wagner

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road trip
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

there is some real wisdom in this movie, and the characters are real. i don't know if this is the actual story of the Wagner family, or if in fact they're just a great family who love to create works of art as a team. but i came to IMDb today to find out, because i was truly touched and impressed by this movie. i love the scene where the younger daughter is psychoanalyzing the mother as they travel cross country. The mother tells her story of betrayal: the father cheated on her, left her to whore around with a lot of different women, then finally returns months later. With just a tiny tinge of bitterness but totally cognizant of the irony, she says, "He sits down at the table and says, 'i need 5000 dollars.' He was totally broke!" With that comment the viewer gets a huge insight into this woman's lifelong pain. The man she loved did not love her too.


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