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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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Allen Wagner ...
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Judy Wagner ...
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Bumby
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Andrew
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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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A wonderful train wreck
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could not stop watching this odd little movie, even when I wanted to! The performances- or are they?- are all believable and painful and funny, just like the family. It is an odd mix of documentary and fiction, but compelling and fun and awful.

The plot is as simple as can be- a family drives across the country- but the characters are like none seen in films in a very long time. The father and mother, in particular, steal the show- they are hurting and raw and hungry and brutal and real. The daughters are actresses, so that's when it falls a little into clichés that I have seen before, but whenever it gets back to the two parents, I was entranced.

Director Andrew Wagner does a fantastic job, I'm very curious to see what he does with a film his family does not act in!


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