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The Playroom (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 February 2013 (USA)
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Four children in their attic hideaway make up a fantastic story, while downstairs their parents weave a drunken intrigue of their own.

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Julia Dyer

Writer:

Gretchen Dyer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ian Veteto Ian Veteto ... Sam / younger son
Alexandra Doke ... Janie / younger daughter
Jonathon McClendon ... Christian / elder son
Olivia Harris ... Maggie Cantwell
Cody Linley ... Ryan
Molly Parker ... Donna Cantwell
John Hawkes ... Martin Cantwell
Lydia Mackay ... Nadia / Clark's wife
Jonathan Freeman ... Clark / Nadia's husband (as Jonathan Brooks)
Hondo Hondo ... The Cat
Woolfie Woolfie ... The Dog
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Storyline

In 1970s suburbia, Maggie, who has just lost her virginity that day and her younger siblings, Christian, Janie and Sam spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. When their parents return home, it soon becomes apparent that the family dynamics are frayed, with the housewife mother Donna, clearly a heavy drinker and a lawyer father Martin, affectionate but distracted. Still, everything seems normal enough, with Martin even conducting an impromptu spelling bee during dinner. It isn't until the arrival of another couple, Clark and Nadia for a night of cards and drinks that things begin to unravel. While smoking secretly in the garden, Maggie catches her mother passionately kissing the family friend in the kitchen and the evening devolving into loud drunken arguments and a physical altercation. Written by lament

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Taglines:

It's 1975. Do you know where your parents are?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A játékszoba See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,900, 7 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,900, 7 April 2013
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Trivia

Julia and Gretchen Dyer filmed a ten-minute teaser of this film in the Dallas, Texas, area in October 1992 to show to potential producers. See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Identity Thief (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Oogum Boogum
Performed by Brenton Wood
Written by Brenton Wood (as Alfred J .Smith)
(Bonnyview Music Corp. (ASCAP))
Courtesy of Original Sound Entertainment
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Disturbingly Good
16 December 2018 | by robtadaySee all my reviews

I can see why no one wither likes this movie nor review it. It hits too close to home. I personally get sick and tired of the goody-two-shoes sanctimony today of those in their 40s, 50, 60s, 70s. The suburbs were a cesspool. This family was headed by a professional. They live in a "Brady Bunch" house. So much of this story rings true, especially the overly-curious little boy. He is just at that age when he could be led anywhere. All of them are so innocent in the midst of the adults around them. We can certainly see how in the next generation, parents disappeared altogether. The eldest child too. Sometimes it is every man for himself. It reminds me of "Boys in the Band" in that nobody likes that movie anymore either, especially young gays.


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