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Lymelife (2008)

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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Derick Martini
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Scott Bartlett
Alec Baldwin ... Mickey Bartlett
Jill Hennessy ... Brenda Bartlett
Emma Roberts ... Adrianna Bragg
Timothy Hutton ... Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon ... Melissa Bragg
Logan Huffman ... Blaze Salado
Brandon Thane Wilson ... Stuart
Adam Scarimbolo ... Todd O'Leary
Kieran Culkin ... Jimmy Bartlett
Phillip Pennestri Phillip Pennestri ... Father Pazzo
Louis Ruffolo Jr. Louis Ruffolo Jr. ... Bartender
Beepers Beepers ... Deer
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Storyline

Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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Taglines:

The American Dream Sucks

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprender a vivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,758, 12 April 2009

Gross USA:

$421,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$526,245
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Rory Culkin, Timothy Hutton and Kieran Culkin were attached to the film for four years. See more »

Goofs

Historically, the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Falklands War happened two years apart, not in the same year as the movie depicts. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Bragg: You're turning down a piece of ass?
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Connections

References Donahue (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Cheek to Cheek
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A quality addition . . .
18 June 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"You can take the girl outta Queens, am I right?" Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin as Mickey Bartlett)

Dysfunctional families as a theme reached its apotheosis ten years ago in Sam Mendes' American Beauty, a rich blend of realism and fancy involving real estate, coming of age, and infidelity. Just about the same territory is covered in Derick Martini's Lymelife, only this time the metaphors seem forced, the characters less developed, and the denouement less ambiguous.

Lymelife, however, is a quality addition to the deconstruction of the American dream. It's 1979 America, and Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin) has a burgeoning business developing upscale homes on Long Island. His family life is in decline as witnessed by 15 year old central character Jimmy Bartlett (Kieran Culkin), the only one whose prospects with babe next door, Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts), get better with each of his endearing humiliations. Mickey is a philanderer (he is played by Baldwin, after all), a spendthrift, and family neglecter, all of which must be addressed by the film's ambitious albeit incomplete plot.

The story moves gently but inexorably to a strong conclusion, where things seem to settle into their appointed fates, more an affirmation that American life between here and American Beauty hasn't changed much with its defeats and victories abundant. While Lymelife (a reference to the disease present in Long Island and a cumbersome metaphor) gains no new insights about our materialism and sexual exploration, it does present a true look at a time when this American life might have been more complicated than it is now.


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