Not in front of 'me' please...
, 10 Jul 2008
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Dear me. Where to start? What we have here is a drama made for television, that has to say the least, questionable morals.
We have several of the main characters (or to be honest, all of them) that are more two dimensional than the host of a cable TV quiz show, a plot that seems to have been layed out after drawing random 'freedom of choice' buzzlines out of a hat and some of the worst picture quality that I've seen for a movie that only dates back to 1982.
The biggest problem however is that the writers of the film seem to think that the viewers sympathies will resides with the motther/ex wife simply.. well simply 'because'. If there was a villain in this film, she's be twirling her moustache from the first scene...
As a male viewer you could argue that I'm coming down on the side of the father/ex husband simply because we share the same sex, however this isn't the case. Throughout the whole film she makes selfish and somewhat mean and uncaring decisions regarding the central issue of the movie. Her main motivation is all about her 'getting her own way', her 'freedom to live life how 'she' wants to', not as she protests her two children.
She left her husband because she wanted more from life than being a housewife, she was bored, which is fair enough. But she then goes on to act like he was some kind of monster trying to consume her mortal soul. When he wasn't. He was religous and dominated by his cleric father which complicated matters but he was not a 'bad' man. All of the problems seem to stem from her.
He gets to see his daughters only on Sundays and not for overnight stays, so his ex wife decides to move her (somewhat annoying) lover into the house (the one she got from the divorce) on a Sunday when the dad is due to pick up the kids, without even telling him she was in a relationship, let alone she was moving the guy in.
Cheers, thanks for that.
The father is having trouble connecting with his daughters, but Mumsy is more interested in her new fella acting like a child with them and makes no efforts to be fair about the situation.
At the dinner table with the fathers parents the younger child says she's getting a new daddy. Now let me tall you as a father that is where 'it' would hit the fan; Lots of 'it'.
How dare they? Well they dared and were never even pulled up on any of the inconsiderate choices they made. The film tries to show Lithgows character a little more rounded in a half hearted kind of way but it gets lost in the whirlwind of girl power cliches.
Basically the whole exercise is pointless because of its gross one sidedness and unless you're Germaine Greer you can't fail to see it for what it is.
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