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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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... Wes Westlund
... Nancy Westlund
... Matt Carroll
... Kim Matthews
... Professor Harper
... First Musicologist
Daniel Koch ... Second Musicologist
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Intrigas em Família  »

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Final film directed by Jonathan Kaufer. See more »

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Matt Carroll: [talking about his musical project that includes a mysterious sound] Well, you know, it's one thing if a peasant child sees the Virgin Mary but this can't laugh off so easily.
Wes Westlund: No, no. Of course not, one doesn't laugh at fraud.
Nancy Westlund: Wes...
Matt Carroll: Extraordinary choice of words.
Kim Matthews: There's no fraud here. Believe me.
Wes Westlund: Believe you? Oh no, that's the point, isn't it? No, I have no reason not to believe you, although I barely know you.
Matt Carroll: There's a statement on belief too. Right? Isn't it?
Wes Westlund: What is?
Matt Carroll: Suspicion of fraud, ...
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Lay Down Your Weary Tune Again
Written and performed by Steve Forbert
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Original and Intriguing
22 August 2007 | by See 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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