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Baggage (I) (2008)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  10 December 2008 (USA)
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Pediatrician by day, single mom by night, SARAH invites her estranged husband, PETE, back to their suburban home for the Holidays on one condition: he must reconcile with their daughters ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Pete Murphy
Sarah Murphy
Julia Sobaski ...
Lisa Murphy
Andrew Priester
Leah Wagner ...
Holly Murphy
Kelly Victor
Dan Flannery ...
Jack Priester
Christian Rose ...
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Gregory A. Fazio ...
Paramedic #1
Party Guest
Larry Greene ...
Church Member


Pediatrician by day, single mom by night, SARAH invites her estranged husband, PETE, back to their suburban home for the Holidays on one condition: he must reconcile with their daughters before she agrees to finalize a trial separation with divorce. Written by Catherine E. Rubey

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »


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10 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Holiday Baggage  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Could and should have been a much finer film
19 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a pity, this might have been a 7 or 8 star film. The writing and acting handled the story well. Barry Bostwick was particularly good as a Pete, an older man coming to terms with his past mistakes, lost opportunities, mid-life quandaries and so on, but all the cast were believable and sensitive in their roles. The viewer sees the situation from Pete's viewpoint, but the issues are largely kept in the present and there is a genuine feeling of uncertainty about what will happen, what the characters "ought" to do. Up until the last 15-20 minutes that is. For some reason this film feels like it has been nobbled. All of a sudden the tone changes, and the previous girlfriend disappears without a word (unless I blinked and missed her). There's some over-the-top sickly sentimental singing and sledgehammer religiosity which to me seemed out of place, and everything is tied up in a neatly traditionally moral way. Personally I did not mind what the ending was, there aren't always clear rights and wrongs in life, and I like happy (and uncertain or unhappy) endings in films. But in this case the ending did not fit the rest of the film and felt rather false and forced. The film morphed from a fairly interesting, thoughtful piece of work into a moral lesson, although some may prefer that.

Not a bad watch on the whole, if you are in the mood, it has some good moments.

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