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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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1 July 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed "The Talent Given Us" very much. I went to a screening at the Sunset 5 in LA today, and hadn't heard anything about the movie going in. I loved the cinema-verite style of it, and the director, Andrew Wagner had a nice eye for what was important to the story. We really begin to care for these characters as they take their road trip across the country, and we got to have a peek at a family that was both flawed, and at the same time, normal. Since this movie was a complete family project for the director and actors, I would love to see a behind the scenes look at the movie, and I often wondered how close to real life he had his parents acting. Everybody was great in the movie. Very authentic and comfortable in front of the camera...probably because they were all family. I hope that people get to see this movie, and appreciate all of the hard work that went into it. It's worth seeing just to watch how Allen (the father) keeps a straw stuck to this mouth at all times. If you liked this movie, I also recommend seeing "Fandom" by Nicholas Tucker, which was a road trip movie of a very similar genre. I highly recommend "the Talent Given Us". Nice work Wagner family!!


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