A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there's a fight. During Michael's trip home, there's an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral. Written by
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When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »
[sits down near Christopher on the roof]
I love what you've done with the room.
[lights a cigarette]
I used to come out here a lot when I was grounded.
[sniffing because he was crying]
Mom told me you were always getting in trouble.
She should talk.
What's that supposed to mean?
Before your mother was a mom, she was my best friend.
You guys have tea parties together?
Yeah, occasionally. Your mother taught me everything I shouldn't know, smartass.
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I was lucky enough to see an early screening of "Fireflies in the Garden" and it was great. While there were several stand out performances--Julia Roberts, Cayden Boyd, Hayden Panettiere...I have to say Ryan Reynolds is the one that really got me. First of all this is not one of his usual roles. Secondly, while his incredible comedic timing added lightness at appropriate moments and depth to his character's struggles, it was the open access to his heart that really moved me. Third of all...I don't really have a point but, now I'm a FAN! Um, I ended up crying quite a bit watching this movie. It's great! I hope it's released soon.
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