Movie geek: The Savages

November 14, 2007

The Savages movie poster

This movie probably had me at the movie poster. The poster was drawn up by Daniel Clowes himself, one of my favorite graphic novelists. Clowes is probably most known as the creator of the graphic novel/comic book Ghost World. Ghost World the comic book, of course, became a movie in 2001 starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. Clowes also wrote and helped produce the movie.

So, I remember watching the trailer for the movie ‘The Savages’ and thinking, “Finally… a holiday movie that doesn’t look like it follows the same old holiday movie formula.” Plus, is it just me or is Philip Seymour Hoffman getting to be semi hot…? …Wait. Did I just admit to having a crush on PSH? Sweet minty…

Anyway, ‘The Savages’ is for grown-ups with a sense of irony and enjoy dark humor. Although, for a black comedy, this movie looks to have a lot of laugh out loud moments. A word of warning, though, if you’re looking for a typical romantic/get back to the family comedy for the holiday season, this is probably not your bag. But if you’re like me and you’re tired of the same G.d. ‘Love, Actually’** type crap that comes out every year around this time, then get in line, sister!

A scene from the movie The Savages

I’ve only watched the trailer twice, so I’m no authority on the movie yet, but I will admit to tearing up and connecting to the movie when it gets to the part where PSH’s character and Laura Linney’s character are on the phone with each other discussing the options for their father’s care (after, what I’m guessing, to have been a stroke). I mean, there will come a time for most of us when we’ll have to figure out how to care for our parents once they’re no longer independent enough to take care of themselves. And I think I’d have the same reaction as Laura Linney’s character did of slamming the phone down on anyone who even thought about the words “nursing home” as an option for an ailing parent or loved one. It’s a tough decision and usually not one even brought up in any serious terms by a holiday movie.

I had another connection with the film at the end of the trailer where it shows the two of them snacking at the refreshments table at a dementia support group and they get called out by the female speaker. Because, isn’t that exactly why you just hover at the food table but never dive in until someone else does it first? I don’t want to look like a pig in front of all these strangers.

Click here to see the movie trailer for the movie ‘The Savages’. Limited release Nov. 28, nationwide Dec. 26. It is directed by Tamara Jenkins. I will be watching it in theaters as soon as it’s released in my neck of the woods.

**Well, I’m not going to lie totally. I did actually watch 20-30 minutes of the actual movie ‘Love, Actually’ and it wasn’t necessarily actually awful, but it wasn’t actually anything worth writing to my actual home about either.

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