The Cider House Rules details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Paul Rudd, Jane Alexander, Erykah Badu, Heavy D, Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, K. Todd Freeman, Delroy Lindo, Kate Nelligan, Kathy Baker, Charlize Theron, Kieran Culkin|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Coming of Age, Decades: 90s, Incredible Indies, Just Arrived, Miramax, Tearjerkers, Teen Idols, Weepies|
The Cider House Rules
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
Most helpful review
Never becomes too sickly sweetBy johnnyfraudster from greater london , 02 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The cider house rules is a film adapted from a novel by John Irving and as a result has a very good pedigree to work from. Irving always manages to forge strong emotional stories without slipping into excessive sentimentality and the film also succeeds in achieving this. Lasse Halestrom uses his fine cast to illicit genuine emotion without slipping down the syrup strewn road of a Hollywood gush fest. Irving's dark themes of incest and abortion somehow manage to sit comfortably alongside a romantic and heartfelt relationship between Toby Maguire and Charlize Theron. Michael Caine also brings a strong performance to the equation, and is one of his recent best, despite his wandering American accent. The cider house rules is ultimately an enjoyable and thought-provoking drama which never becomes too sickly sweet.
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Write your own rules.By Cultjunky (19 reviews) , 11 Nov 2012I first read the book when I was a teenager, and upon re-reading it many years later, realised I'd missed the point, sort of.
For me, the book has spoken volumes about the rules of life that are set by ourselves, about finding your own moral compass.
So I was hoping that the film might be a little flexible. It's a faithful adaptation. So if you loved the book, you won't be disappointed.
However, if like me, you thought the film might find the cider house rules and burn them, you're going to be left feeling flat.
Cain was a fair Dr Larch for me, but McGuire is no Homer Wells. There is no punch to the abortion issue, the film needed to slip out of the pages of the novel and give this much more significance, as without this, Homers circular journey of discovery comes across as a young lad having a gap year.
Weak and bland sadly.
Not to be missed.By MzBizkitz (67 reviews) , 01 Nov 2012Great pace, excellent acting.
For such a sad subject matter, and obviously from an adaptation of a great book this film could easily have got bogged down with the sadness of being orphaned but instead it raised some interesting moral questions and made me appreciate the difficult choices that people are faced with and how they deal with them.
A classicBy Primestop (16 reviews) , 19 Oct 2012Gloriously watchable. Ignore Michael Caine's inability to do an American accent, his acting is excellent, along with the other characters. A simple yet thought provoking storyline; no surprises this movie is regarded so highly.
Give it a watchBy a customer , 13 Jul 2012This is quite a moving drama to watch, but it is quite slow at times; but defo worth a watch.
Fairly good, but nothing greatBy Colonel1968 (292 reviews) , 18 Jun 2012Well acted throughout, just not much of a story, more a set of smaller pieces that sort of link into one, not worthy of an oscar which I think it got,