Savages

Savages

DVD - 2008
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Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from their abusive father, Lenny. Suddenly, a call comes in that Lenny's girlfriend has died and he cannot care for himself. Lenny suffers from dementia and her family dumps Lenny 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. The siblings are forced to face the struggle with their now personal demons.

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strider643
Jul 24, 2017

This is a bad and depressing movie which have two totally unsympathetic characters as the leads. It was unwatchable to me and I fast forward through most of it and was glad it was over.

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duanetucker
Jun 16, 2017

Beware: this is pitched as a comedy -- but there's not a laugh in sight. A few wry smiles at best.
Not much amusing about two neurotics committing a demented father to a nursing home and watching him die. Great writing and acting though.

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ms_mustard
Jan 08, 2017

so realistic how Wendy is trying to make the nursing home experience so perfect for a father she doesn't even know - and not realizing how little the specific social program or perfect bedside lamp or colourful pillow can bring comfort to her father. both she and her brother Jon became amazingly attentive to a man who had made their childhoods very difficult and with whom they had been out of touch for a long time. 3 good performances.

Quimeras May 13, 2015

This is an unassuming, quiet film about siblings trying to find closure, each in their own way.

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gurujr
Feb 21, 2015

For those whose parents had passed from a debilitating illness this movie hits close to home. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are you basic extraordinary actors portraying brother and sister given the task of taking care of their ailing father. Good that they continue to make these types of dramas.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

When their estranged father begins to exhibit early signs of dementia siblings Jon and Wendy Savage not only face the uncomfortable prospect of having him institutionalized, they must also come to terms with a lifetime of resentments, disappointments and unresolved anger. Wendy, a histrionic drama queen and frustrated playwright, covers up her rage by doting on the old man even as her own life circles the drain. Jon, a drama teacher specializing in Bertolt Brecht, tries to distance himself from his own feelings by adopting a coldly rational approach to the situation even though a simple plate of fried eggs can bring him to tears. Meanwhile, dad looks on in a state of helpless bewilderment... Writer/director Tamara Jenkins' excellent family drama combines tense emotional confrontations with just enough mordant humour to allow her audience some breathing space. A beautifully rendered, deeply felt three-hander that rests squarely on the powerful performances of its main leads; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney and Philip Bosco.

madison382 Feb 23, 2014

Really good acting

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ncs1961
Dec 16, 2013

Siblings facing family drama - remembering who they are and what they have meant to eachother.

lcrayton2477 Nov 07, 2013

I rented it because I like Laura Linny and Phillip Seymour Hoffmans work but for my situation is was just too real and ALL too relatable. I had to put my mom in nursing care 3yrs ago for illness, rehad and dementia like symptoms. My mom was great to me growing up but not so much to my 3 older sisters. I heard some parents say they make mistakes with the first set of kids but by the last set you sometimes get it right. Im the baby so I guess theres some truth to that. They struggle and sometimes neglect any responsibility for her care and leave it up to me 75% of the time. I was mad at first but I understood over time. Not to mention I have 3cats that are like my kids so I could never put them down. The ending made all the sadness tolerable.

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ehm_chen
Jul 08, 2013

Some terrific acting by Laura Linney & PSH, as well as Philip Bosco, who plays their aging father. Captures the weight, guilt, and other obvious and subtle issues that come up when dealing with aging parents.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Feb 21, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian Feb 21, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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ncs1961
Dec 16, 2013

ncs1961 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 55

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Jimmy: Are you married?
Wendy Savage: No... but my boyfriend is.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Wendy Savage: Dad has been writing on the walls with his s**t!
Jon Savage: [half asleep] Wen, what the f**k are you talking about?

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Wendy Savage: Maybe dad didn't abandon us. Maybe he just forgot who we were.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

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

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