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What They Had (2018)

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Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together.

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Elizabeth Chomko
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hilary Swank ... Bridget
Michael Shannon ... Nick
Robert Forster ... Burt
Blythe Danner ... Ruth
Taissa Farmiga ... Emma
Josh Lucas ... Eddie
Sarah Sutherland ... Mary
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Marion
Aimee Garcia ... Dr. Zoe
William Smillie ... Gerry
Isabeau Dornevil Isabeau Dornevil ... R.A.
Jennifer Robideau ... Rachel
Jay Montepare Jay Montepare ... David
Ann Whitney Ann Whitney ... Neighbor Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan W. Garcia ... Young Burt
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Storyline

Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together.

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Taglines:

Life waits for no family. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including a brief sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

What They Had See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,683, 21 October 2018

Gross USA:

$260,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$533,579
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The pickup truck Bridget runs past and does a double take on has a sign on the door for Hoffsteader construction. Presumably a nod or subliminal homage to Douglas Hofsteadter, a notable cognitive science professor, and Hofsteadter's law which states that 'it will always take longer than you expect, even taking into consideration Hofsteadter's law.' Which is relative to the premise of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Bridget: What happened to quitting?
Nick: Life, Bitty. Life happened to quitting.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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Loving Arms
Written by Jon Allen
Performed by Jon Allen
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What They Had (2018)
21 October 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

What I had (ha-ha), was some time to kill before going to a screening of Wildlife yesterday so I decided to squeeze this film in before the showing. Saw the trailer for this and it looked pretty standard but I'm always game for films that depict mental health and the impact it has on others. The film also boasts a really wonderful cast and I had to think that the film would at the very least halfway decent. Its more than decent, I actually had a good time with this. It mixes a bevy of emotions but hits exactly the right notes when it needs to.

The film is about two children who come together with their mom and dad around the holidays. Their mom is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and its tough for her to remember her own children and her husband. The family have a lot of issues to resolve as they clash heads on what to do with their mother and their unspoken issues with their hard headed father. The film stars Hilary Swank, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Blythe Danner, and of course Michael Shannon in one of my favorite performances he's ever done.

The film is actually hilarious in many parts, especially through Michael Shannon. He plays a dead pan sarcastic brother/uncle and his comments made my day. There's just a good deal of humor involving the characters despite the film being emotionally heavy as it deals with a disease that impacts a family so greatly. As expected, the talented cast is perfect in this film. Forster and Swank in particular really showcase their talents. Even Blythe Danner playing the mom; she's always so happy and cheery despite the fact that she can hardly remember anything.

I think I'm most impressed by Elizabeth Chomko's script. It balances everything well. The script is simple but has a lot of heart and dimension to it. This isn't a film that's going to get a lot of buzz as it came out very limited, but I think its a very enjoyable effort. If you're a lover of film and have some time to kill, go for it. Its not an essential watch but go see the character and family dynamics on display here.

7.5/10


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