The Savages (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 February 2008 (USA)
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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.



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Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La famille Savage  »

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Opening Weekend:

$151,859 (USA) (30 November 2007)


$6,610,326 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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Did You Know?


At one point in the movie, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) says to Wendy (Laura Linney), "We're not in a Sam Shepard play." In 2000 Hoffman co-starred on Broadway in "True West," written by Sam Shepard. See more »


When Wendy plugs in the lava lamp, it immediately starts flowing. Lava lamps typically take longer to start movement. See more »


Jon Savage: [about his girlfriend] She's moving back to Poland.
Wendy Savage: What, you and Kasia broke up?
Jon Savage: No,her visa expired.
Wendy Savage: So that's it? Her visa expires, and it's over.
Jon Savage: It's either that or we get married and no one's ready for that.
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References All About Eve (1950) See more »


I'm Sticking With You
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Getting Even with Dad
23 January 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"The Savages" has been terribly mismarketed. I'm sure plenty of people who went to watch it having seen only the previews, thought it was a comedy, and were disappointed. If anything, this is a "dramedy" - it will make you smile a few times, but never laugh out loud. But that's not a bad thing, the other way around.

This is a story about two siblings, Wendy (Laura Linney, who earned a surprise - and much deserved - Oscar nomination for this performance) and Jon Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who have to take care of their ailing, estranged father, Lenny (Philip Bosco). Fathers and kids relationships have been discussed in tons of movies, but Tamara Jenkins (real life wife of Jim Taylor, co-author of Alexander Payne's scripts - they both produced this movie, by the way) managed to create something fresh and beautiful in its own simplicity (and, at the same time, so complex and painfully real, for all of those who've had difficult family relationships - and who hasn't?). "The Savages" reminds me of Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale", also starring Laura Linney - but with a little less humor, and perhaps even more heart. Hoffman and Bosco are also great, as usual. Jenkins proves that she's a very sensitive writer/director, and I'm excited to check whatever she does next. I'm rooting for either her or Diablo Cody ("Juno") to win the Oscar for best original screenplay next month (coincidentally, both movies have The Velvet Underground's "I'm Sticking With You" in the soundtrack). 10/10.

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