The Savages (R) 113 minutes B+
Had a Dad
Starring Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Philip Bosco
The Savages stars the luminous Laura Linney and the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the best on-screen duo in 2007. But when I initially saw the trailer for this film I wasn't impressed. I didn't think it looked bad, but it didn't look particularly good either.
Quarreling siblings Jon (Hoffman) and Wendy (Linney) Savage are use to being the center of their own universe. So when the two are obligated with the inconvenient task of caring for their estranged father, they fall apart then come together.
The film is an excellent exercise in family, love and mortality. Well-acted and well-directed, The Savages brings perspective, keenness, and positivity to a sad and difficult subject.