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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Derick Martini
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Scott Bartlett
Alec Baldwin ... Mickey Bartlett
Jill Hennessy ... Brenda Bartlett
Emma Roberts ... Adrianna Bragg
Timothy Hutton ... Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon ... Melissa Bragg
Logan Huffman ... Blaze Salado
Brandon Thane Wilson ... Stuart
Adam Scarimbolo ... Todd O'Leary
Kieran Culkin ... Jimmy Bartlett
Phillip Pennestri Phillip Pennestri ... Father Pazzo
Louis Ruffolo Jr. Louis Ruffolo Jr. ... Bartender
Beepers Beepers ... Deer
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Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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Taglines:

The American Dream Sucks

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprender a vivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,000, 8 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$429,307, 13 July 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling were also attached to the film in its early stages. See more »

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There's a shot of a Lego model of the Space Shuttle Discovery, which didn't actually launch until 1984. Lego didn't release a Space Shuttle model of any kind until 1990. See more »

Quotes

Scott Bartlett: Are you really that sick, bringing her here?
Adrianna Bragg: She's my mom, Scott. I can't just not let her do things.
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Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Brandy You're a Fine Girl
Written by Elliot Lurie
Performed by Looking Glass
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony/BMG Music Entertainment
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95 minutes well spent
20 March 2009 | by yogi-14See all my reviews

I can't wait for my next three-Martini film! If Lymelife can be done in less than a month, let's have at least two more before year's end––the last positioned for awards season. Yes, I worry this remarkable film will be unheralded and forgotten in eight months. I can visualize every member of this excellent cast reading the script and beginning to drool. All this tight, little character-driven story needed was a cast that knew whereof it spoke and a director who could give that cast's instincts and improvisational abilities free rein. Obviously, the Martini brothers with a cathartic, autobiographical exercise in familial dysfunction said, "Hey, the Culkins will know where we're coming from!" And do they ever! The scenes between the brothers are heartbreaking in their awareness of fraternal love and filial disillusionment.

The sexual initiation scenes are tender, funny and soooo real. The floundering, faulty adults, right on the nose! This is Timothy Hutton's best work since Ordinary People.

The 1979 setting is subtly established by the scrupulously selected music and the vehicles of the time. The only effort to tie in current events in this post-Viet Nam war-weary era is an almost subliminal reference to the takeover of the American embassy in Tehran. And this is all so right, because the characters and relationships, which is what we're here for, are timeless.

The symbolism––right up to the real estate baron bearing the cross of a For Sale sign––hits just the right note. if you have a chance to see this film, go.


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