Seriously, this was one indie film that tried too hard. First, there is a fantastic cast. It takes place in California. And it is about making movies (OK, Peter works in sound) and the dysfunctional family life that comes with it.
And then we have New Yorker Olivia Thirlby that changes everything as Martine. (Interestingly..originally Thirlby was suppose to play "Jack" in Jack and Diane. I do wonder what she would have done with that role). As it is Martine is a photographer in a bit of a financial bind after taking nude photos of her once boyfriend and then showcasing them at an artshow without his permission.
Still Martine manages to practically hook up with a stranger on her flight to L.A. Somehow, she is the goddess of sexuality. When she moves in with the Silver Lake family, she has a fling not only with the husband Peter played fondly by John Krasinski and also the nanny/assistant Rhys Wakefield.
The wife, Rosemarie Dewitt (Julie) has her own personal problems as a therapist who might be seeing too much of her stalker Justin Kirk who is a patient.
|There was something odd going on with her and her Italian tutor. Although, she never succumbed to him. I think she was the most practical person in this film.|
Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed the story more from the daughter's perspective (India Ennenga) which gives promise to in the beginning, but we lose it with all the sexual tension going on.
What made it sad was the fact that these parents were ignoring the kids. You'd think even a visitor would respect the kids too, but Martine is not exactly kid friendly. She's also into strange things to film or make photos of. And the more stressed she gets about the movie she's making..the more she'd rather procrastinate by having sex.
At one point, I kept thinking something drastic was going to happen. Like a child drowning in the pool. Or someone actually getting caught in the act. Honestly, the film didn't really go anywhere. At least, Martine finally gets the hint that its time to leave.
|Maybe this movie was just trying to tell us... Doesn't matter how educated nor financially stable you are, you can still make the wrong choices. Still having faith in family does matter.|
I had such high hopes for this film, but it was perhaps not the practical indie film, which takes the oh so ordinary and makes it spectacular. We just didn't get that poignant scene that made a difference.