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Bad Manners (1997)

Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Kaufer

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David Gilman (screenplay), David Gilman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
David Strathairn ... Wes Westlund
Bonnie Bedelia ... Nancy Westlund
Saul Rubinek ... Matt Carroll
Caroleen Feeney ... Kim Matthews
Julie Harris ... Professor Harper
Robin Poley ... First Musicologist
Daniel Koch Daniel Koch ... Second Musicologist
Steve Forbert Steve Forbert ... Coffeehouse Troubadour
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Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who helped Matt to make some discovery in his science. Wes suspects Kim of stealing 50 dollars from him and that starts tension, intrigues, mistrust. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intrigas em Família See more »

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Dolby

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Trivia

The teacup held by Professor Harper (Julie Harris) is antique American china made by Stetson called American Beauty. The china was originally sold in grocery stores for pennies a piece, but is now quite valuable. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Westlund: The only thing disturbing the placid surface of my life is you.
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Soundtracks

""El Gobernador"
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Performed by George Cordoba
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Original and Intriguing
22 August 2007 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

This film works on a number of levels. First it is a nice satire on academic life. As others have noted, it is a companion piece to Whose Afraid of Viginia Woolf. It does a nice job of satirizing the competitiveness and egotism of academic life. It also raises two important issues: how can/does non-scientific spirituality interact with a scientifically-minded academic community and misfortune can lead to misunderstanding and ruined relationships. The movie allows us to think about these two problems without forcing any really heavy conclusions on us.

The acting is excellent and the direction terrific. May wife and I (both teachers) were laughing in just about every scene. I think teachers and other intellectuals will really appreciate the movie. Others may have a tougher time with it.


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