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The Savages (2007)

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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director:

Tamara Jenkins

Writer:

Tamara Jenkins
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Wendy Savage
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jon Savage
Philip Bosco ... Lenny Savage
Peter Friedman ... Larry
David Zayas ... Eduardo
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Jimmy
Cara Seymour ... Kasia
Tonye Patano ... Ms. Robinson
Guy Boyd ... Bill Lachman
Debra Monk ... Nancy Lachman
Rosemary Murphy ... Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship Hal Blankenship ... Burt
Joan Jaffe ... Lizzie
Sage Kirkpatrick ... Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Sperry
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Storyline

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Cantonese

Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La famille Savage See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,610,326, 27 April 2008
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Jon says to Wendy, "We're not in a Sam Shepard play." In 2000, Philip Seymour Hoffman co-starred on Broadway in "True West," written by Sam Shepard. See more »

Goofs

Jon Savage drives his Polish girlfriend to the airport at 6:30 AM, in broad daylight. But in November in Buffalo, it would be pitch dark at this hour (even on November 1, sunrise isn't until 7:46). See more »

Quotes

Wendy Savage: Are you Simone?
Simone: I am.
Wendy Savage: I'm Lenny Savage's daughter in B26. He has a big red pillow; it's missing.
Simone: Did he have his name on it?
Wendy Savage: And his room number.
Simone: What's it look like?
Wendy Savage: Big. Red. Pillow.
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Referenced in At the Movies: The Best of 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Two of a Kind
Written by Johnny Mercer and Bobby Darin
Performed by Hal Blankenship and Joan Jaffe with Timo Elliston on piano and Saadi Zain on bass
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Meet the Savages
20 April 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'The Savages' is a humble humane look at a part of life. Tamara Jenkins tells a powerful comedic story of two siblings struggle with their estranged, demented and dying father. For me, the characters are easy to relate to as in Wendy, Jon and Lenny, I recognize many people I know. The story does not have much of an eventful plot. It's more a study of characters and relationship and, as I mentioned earlier, a look at part of life.

The portrayal of the brother-sister relationship by Linney and Hoffman is genuine and strong thanks to the real chemistry. I was reminded of another beautiful movie, 'You Can Count On Me' which also focused on sibling relationships (and also starred Laura Linney but in a completely different role) and it was interesting to compare the older brother-younger sister bond with the older sister-younger brother bond. Both Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman are accomplished actors and it is not surprising that they were great and very natural. Philip Bosco too is brilliant as the demented father but we don't see anything of his character beyond that. The father-children is the third angle of the film and this too is authentically portrayed. The children are in a state of ambivalence about their father who was mean and abusive but whom they also want to help. Among the other performances, relative newcomer Gbenga Akinnagbe stands out.

What i liked most about it is the chemistry between the brothers but even the small moments between the main characters and the supporting ones was quite well shown within a limited screen-time, like the moment between Jon and Cara did display their true feelings and the few moments between Jimmy and Wendy show the impact it has on Wendy. Jenkins shows her good understanding of family relations and brings some of her own experience into the film. The struggle of the two siblings to get noticed, to deal with their own problems and that of their family is one many of us can associate with and it is cleverly shown with a touch of comedy in this genuine funny little film. i wanted to watch this movie at a theatre with a friend but she didn't seem too enthusiastic but I'm glad that I finally caught it. I'm looking forward to watching it on DVD again.


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