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Around the Bend (2004)

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A bitter, recently divorced man is goaded by his grandfather and son into going on a family road trip to reconcile with his estranged father.

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Jordan Roberts

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Jordan Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Henry Lair
Jonah Bobo ... Zach Lair
Josh Lucas ... Jason Lair
Glenne Headly ... Katrina
Christopher Walken ... Turner Lair
David Eigenberg ... John
Robert Douglas Washington ... College Student (as Robert Douglas)
Carlos A. Cabarcas Carlos A. Cabarcas ... KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
Gerry Bamman ... Albert
Jean Effron ... Albert's Mother
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Tiffany's Saleswoman
Rick Negron ... KFC Manager
David Marciano ... Detective
Norbert Weisser ... Walter
Laurie O'Brien ... Ruth
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son. He's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a trip to Albuquerque. His plans are interrupted when Turner, Jason's father and Henry's son, appears after years of absence. Henry wants to celebrate family, as does Zach, Jason's son; Jason is angry and distant, Turner seems detached and says he's got a bus to catch in the morning. This prompts Henry to put in place an elaborate plan that will send his "tribe" on that Volkswagen bus trip to New Mexico sorting out relationships and digging up a crippled family history. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A kanyaron túl See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,879, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$193,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,350
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Katrina is watching Ghost Ship (2002), there is a picture above her head. It is a picture of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. See more »

Goofs

The sound of the horror film that Katrina is watching (Ghost Ship) does not match the scene that is shown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Lair: [banging on the furniture]
Jason Lair: Henry, it's 1 o'clock.
Henry Lair: I was... drumming for an idea.
Jason Lair: I heard.
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Connections

Featured in It's a Good Day: The Making of 'Around the Bend' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

On The Road Again
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A lukewarm misfire for sentimentalists
9 March 2005 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Around the Bend" tells of a father (Walken) and son (Lucas) whose lives cross after 30 years apart as the death of their patriarch (Caine) draws near. The body of the film is a road trip which they take, leaping from one Kentucky Coronel Fried Chicken restaurant to another, following the quirky instructions of the dearly departed whose cremated remains are scattered one spoonful at a time as the long estranged men seek reconciliation of old regrets. "Around the Bend" has some worthy sentiment buried in a heap of inconsequential filler, a few poignant moments which break through the monotony of developing characters who are quirky for the sake of quirkiness, and some solid performances which almost overcome the everpresent snippets of corny C&W music. Those who don't mind paper thin plots, many contrived moments, drama diluted with overtones of silliness, and lots of filler may be able to buy into the bittersweet stop and go story. Others will be sorely disappointed to see good performances and camera work wasted on such a flimsy story. (C+)


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