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The Intervention (2016)

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A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

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Clea DuVall

Writer:

Clea DuVall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lynskey ... Annie
Jason Ritter ... Matt
Skylar Bernon Skylar Bernon ... Traveling Little Girl / Airport Background
Kira Pozehl Kira Pozehl ... Stewardess
David Bernon ... Rick
Natasha Lyonne ... Sarah
Clea DuVall ... Jessie
Ben Schwartz ... Jack
Alia Shawkat ... Lola
Vincent Piazza ... Peter
Cobie Smulders ... Ruby
Sophie Avedikian Sophie Avedikian ... Airplane Background
Ziv Battat Ziv Battat ... Airplane Background
Georgina Bekerian Georgina Bekerian ... Airplane Background
Katherine Boghossian Katherine Boghossian ... Airplane Background
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Storyline

A young couple, Peter and Ruby, are married with three children. On a weekend trip a tight-knit group of friends confront them about their constant bickering and propose they divorce. Reacting in anger, the couple clearly realize the truth in what their friends are trying to say; nonetheless, they remember their old feelings for each other and decide instead to strive to improve their relationship. Later, the intervention is turned around on Annie (Lynskey) and her alcohol problem, while she begins to realize that her conspired marriage intervention for Ruby and Peter may have been based on her suppressed doubts about her own impending wedding. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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What are friends for?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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DuVall, Lyonne, and Lynskey all previously worked together in the film "But I'm A Cheerleader". DuVall and Lyonne portrayed a couple in that film as well. All three remained close friends. See more »

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The moon is shown on consecutive nights. The first time, it is full or nearly so. The second time, it is waxing gibbous. There are two problems. First, this is the reverse order of the phases in North America; second, there appears to be about 3 to 5 days difference between the phases, not 1. See more »

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Ruby: It was the happiest day of my life. All of my happiest days have been with you. I still love you,but I... But I'm not happy. And I know that you're not either. And I'm so sorry. I'm... And I don't know, Peter, I don't know if we can... If we can fix it. But I wanna try. Will you try with me?
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References Intervention (2005) See more »

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This Time
Written by Lucy Mercer, Rebecca Hawley and Emily Lansley
Performed by Stealing Sheep
Published by Confidence SC
Courtesy of Heavenly Recordings
By Arrangement with Sugaroo!
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The Big Chill for today's 30-somethings
25 August 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Clea DuVall: Actress/Writer/Director/Producer. No one who has followed her outstanding career (especially as a standout in many independent films) can be surprised that she is spreading her creative wings into all aspects of filmmaking. Her directorial debut can best be described as a contemporary version of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill (1983) for today's thirty-somethings.

Casting is key for an ensemble project, and it's especially difficult for a serio-comedy exploring the insecurities and inherent unhappiness that corresponds to the closest relationships. The premise here is that four couples meet at a beautiful and isolated lake house just outside of Savannah. The motivation for this meet up of old friends is a "marriage intervention" for one of the couples … something that must have seemed better in theory than it plays out in reality.

The couple whose marriage is in the target zone is played by Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, "How I Met Your Mother") as exhausted mother of three Ruby, and Vincent Piazza ("Boardwalk Empire") as the long-ago-gave-up-trying Peter. The others are played by Melanie Lynskey ("Two and a Half Men") as Annie, who has continually postponed her wedding to super nice guy fiancé Matt played by Jason Ritter; Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black") as Sarah, long-time partner to Ruby's sister Jessie (Clea DuVall); and Ben Schwartz ("House of Lies") as Jack, who brings his free-spirited, much younger girlfriend Lola (Alia Shawkat, State of Grace).

We quickly witness the bitterness and lack of caring that has poisoned the marriage of Ruby and Peter, and of course, it doesn't take long to spot all the cracks in the relationships and personalities of the others. Annie is a control-freak who appears to be a full blown alcoholic, while Matt is such a nice guy, that he refuses to stand up for himself and have some pride. Sarah and Jessie avoid any serious discussion regarding why they aren't living together yet, while Jessie's weakness for younger girls plays a role – as does Sarah's secret. Jack is obviously avoiding dealing with some personal issue (which we later learn) as he plays kissie-face with the no-strings-attached Lola (not Lolita).

The script tries to tackle an enormous number of issues, sub-plots and characters, and while we pretty easily get a feel for each, we never understand how these people ever agreed that a group attack was the best strategy. No amount of charades, barbecue or kickball can hide the messes that define each of these folks … whether married or not.

The actors have tremendous comedy timing and handle these moments much better than the ultra-dramatic moments. Cobie Smulders and Ben Schwartz are real standouts here, which is quite a compliment given the tremendous on screen talents on display. It's a group that can gracefully pull off a Subaru joke while also playing cut-throat charades and dodging thrown peaches.

Ms. DuVall will undoubtedly go on to make better films than this one, but as a first project it offers some terrific moments. Sara Quinn (of Tegan and Sara) scores the film, and though some excellent tunes are included, the music was at times disruptive to the flow of the story. The film will probably hit home with a great many who fall into the thirty-something age group, though older viewers will likely prefer to re-visit The Big Chill from more than 30 years ago.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,316, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$32,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,919
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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