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Chlorine (2013)

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Revolves around a family struggling to maintain their well-to-do lifestyle in their overly materialistic New England community. Sedgwick plays the matriarch, who is more interested in ... See full summary »

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Cynthia
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Henry
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Revolves around a family struggling to maintain their well-to-do lifestyle in their overly materialistic New England community. Sedgwick plays the matriarch, who is more interested in appearances than for caring or showing affection toward her husband (D'Onofrio) and pushes him into a bad real estate deal. Written by IvanWong

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Sometimes wacky, definitely worth seeing
3 October 2016 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

At a swim meet at Copper Canyon Country Club, Cynthia is about to jump in the pool when she has her first period. She is disqualified for her reaction.

Cynthia's mom Georgie arrives late on her motorcycle, but of course she didn't miss anything.

Cynthia's brother Henry works in construction. Boss Ernie tells him to space studs 36 inches apart, not 18, even though 18 is required by code. And he is told to use quarter inch, not three quarter inch. I assume that means nails.

And Cynthia's dad Roger Lent, who has worked in the bank for over 20 years (appropriate name), did not get the promotion--again. Ted says he is not making the bank enough money. Georgie wants him to try harder because she's not satisfied living an ordinary life when everyone else they know lives in mansions. The family can barely afford to belong to the country club.

Suzi, Cynthia's gorgeous friend on the swim team, is so excited about Cynthia's news, and she wants to give Cynthia advice about relationships and sex, giving the impression that she is experienced. Josh appears to be interested in Cynthia, while tennis pro Pat, who is also a pervert and Doug's cocaine supplier, seems to want more than a professional relationship with Suzi. And Suzi doesn't need a particular item in a jewelry store, but she WANTS it.

Doug, the developer of Copper Canyon Estates--the housing development where Henry is working--is having a party along with his hot wife Katherine. Georgie expects Roger to go and network. Roger can't afford to invest in the development himself, but he can encourage others to.

After becoming disillusioned with Wall Street, Elise is now a golf pro at the club, and she warns Roger the housing development is a Ponzi scheme, and built on a site sacred to Native Americans. So now what will Roger do? Work to advance his career and risk going to jail, or do the right thing? Will Henry do the right thing?

Will Georgie get the life she wants? And will Cynthia and Josh succeed in their relationship? Will Suzi get everything she wants?

This movie is frequently funny, but it isn't always, and doesn't have to be. There are important moral lessons here, and sometimes people don't do what they're supposed to. But the Lent family is basically good. And sometimes people are just silly.

Rhys Coiro may be the standout actor here. Part of this is the extreme close-ups of his weird behavior. And sometimes he's just weird.

Kyra Sedgwick gives her usual good performance. I promise Georgie's really a good person and we will see that.

Dreama Walker does that spoiled teen routine really well.

But most everyone gives a good performance, and most of them are fairly normal.

There's one physical fight that is unique. It's not quite what one might expect once it's over.

Is this a wholesome family movie? Hardly. I've mentioned cocaine, which we see several people doing, especially Doug. There are sexual situations, including a strip club, but nothing too graphic other than dialogue. And the language is pretty bad. When I saw this, the sound went out a lot, and characters' mouths were blurred at the time. Sometimes the sound went out for a long time. The investment group is YGF, or "You got ... ". No, not really. There's an official name that suggests success.

I don't understand the significance of the movie's title. The characters spend very little time in the pool.

Anyway, it's worth seeing.


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