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Genre: Drama
Starring: Hilary Swank, Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Graham
Director: Craig Lucas
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Scenes And Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2009





Languages: English/Chinese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




Morrie is the keeper of all things family related including his siblings. In this comedic foray into sibling relationships, Morrie's little brother Jay is beyond peculiar, homeless and humourously but clinically, depressed. His beautiful sister Ida is a promiscuous insomniac and sometime photographer that is starved for attention. Morrie's wife Betty has waited patiently for seven years for their hard work to pay off so they can start a family. As Morrie's life begins to unravel, he comes to realize that his family will stand by his side no matter what.


This is probably one of those quirky movies which would excite fans of independent movies. It is not marked by car chases, gun fights, bomb explosions and colourful computer generated effects. It is, however, filled with colourful characters penned by a quirky mind. How else would you explain the existence of a protagonist who is trying hard to be normal while suffering from, err, constant bowel movements? Which eventually leads to him, well, to put it hygienically, relief himself in his neighbour’s squeaky clean garden lawn? And this is just one of the quirky characters in this movie which never made it to local screens here.

In centre stage of this movie is a regular man who tries very hard to be normal while balancing a repressive family and working life. It doesn’t help that he has a weird brother and a troublemaker sister who are in town to stay with him. In the concoction we also have a wife who doesn’t understand why her husband has to deal with all the oddities, and a neighbour who is perpetually taking of her pretty flowers and spot free garden lawn.

We know Matthew Perry from the hugely successful TV series Friends, and while his movie starring roles like Serving Sara (2002) and The Whole Ten Yards (2004) aren’t really what you’d call spectacular, his performance in this Craig Lucas directed picture is rather noteworthy. His portrayal of a man trying to come to grips with the mess around him is heartfelt and sincere. He is accompanied by Ben Foster (who would have thought that the pretty boy from X-Men: The Last Stand would play this idiosyncratic character so well?) and Ginnifer Goodwin (the loveable girl in He’s Just Not That Into You becomes an attention seeking weirdo in this movie) in every minute of this very watchable 85 minute production. You can also look out for Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Amelia) in the supporting role of the perfect neighbour who we all secretly detest, and Lauren Graham (Evan Almighty) as the wife who never loses her grip on reality.

And with all story driven movies, the cinematography is straightforwardly engaging, and production values are decently attractive. The themes explored in the movie more than makes up for the lack of flashy camerawork and lush setups. This is also a warning for those who are not fans of movies which are dialogue driven. Let your imagination run a bit and you’d be in for a peculiarly eccentric treat that makes you think about your own weirdness in everyday life.




The movie’s visual transfer is fine, and is presented in its original English dialogue.



Review by John Li

Posted on 8 February 2010


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