DIRECTED BY - Derick Martini
IndiePix Price: $11.95
RUNTIME - 93 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2008
FORMAT - DVD Region 1
SPECIAL FEATURES -
Widescreen - 2.39
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Rory Culkin (MEAN CREEK) stars in the coming-of-age drama LYMELIFE. Set in 1970s Long Island, the film has a WONDER YEARS feel with its friendly spats between brothers and a major crush on the all-American girl next door. As 15-year-old Scott, Culkin shares the screen with real-life brother Kieran Culkin, whose character, Jimmy, is just returning home on a break from the army. While Scott pines for his best friend, Adrianna (Emma Roberts), his family slowly unravels all around him. Alec Baldwin delivers a predictably solid performance as Scotts meandering, sometimes heartless dad, but this role feels quite similar to ones weve seen him play in the past. Jill Hennessy is well-cast as Scotts weary mother, as are Cynthia Nixon playing against type as a ditzy housewife, and Timothy Hutton as her Lyme-diseased husband. While their parents sloppily mess their way through the world of marriage and affairs, Scott and Adrianna explore a more genuine kind of romance.
Sometime late in LYMELIFE the director Derick Martini cuts to a close-up of a weeping teenager....Its an unexpectedly moving image, a reminder that the close-up, in its ability to bring us near to the poetry of the human face, remains one of cinemas most potent if often squandered techniques.
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
[A] fine chronicle of disaffection, dissolution and lust on Long Island in the 1970s...
- Zinat S., Movieline