What They Had

What They Had

DVD - 2019
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"From first-time writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, this 'captivating family drama' that will make 'you laugh as much as you cry' (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (two- time Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (two-time Emmy® Award winner Blythe Danner) and her father's (Oscar® nominee Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together."--Container.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD WHA Dra
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : 5.1 Dolby digital sd., col. ; 12 cm

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movie20
Jan 13, 2020

I liked the movie. A good story, well acted.

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richmole
Nov 13, 2019

Oh, no! Not another Alzheimer's movie!

Wait, wait! This one's different.

We've had "the effect on the husband" movie--Away From Her, with Julie Christie and (under appreciated) Gordon Pinsent). We"ve had "the victim plans and struggles on" movie--Still Alice, with Julianne Moore.

Now we have "The agony of the care givers" movie.
And it's exceptionally good. The others movies were very good, too, but, as you can see, this one is different--not really about the disease/condition, nor the victim, but those around her (yes, again, it's a woman who has Alzheimer's) and the effect it has on them. Of which the aging wife/mom (well-played by veteran Blythe Donner) is completely oblivious.

All performances are up to the material and then some: On-the-scene son, Michael Shannon, Missing-in-action daughter, Hilary Swank and long-suffering husband who insists he can handle it all, Robert Forster--who died of brain cancer a few months after this movie was released.

But it's the "material"--the script that makes this movie. After she finished writing What They Had, as a Sundance Institute Screenwriter's lab project, neophyte Elizabeth Chomko. Lots of laughs, and drama, too. Chomko decided only she could direct it, and wisely, interested Indie producers agreed. Many writer-directors with years of experience haven't done as well.

One of the best I've seen so far this year.

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lindy919
Sep 26, 2019

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Serious topic, sweet movie. Very well written and acted.
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newdog
Sep 19, 2019

This film was sad, but so real and excellently done!

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beckythecat1
Sep 09, 2019

This film was very disappointing. The previews made us expect a different story line. Another dysfunctional family. BUT the ending was totally unexpected. No, I am not going to disclose. For the ending, , , , well, guess you have to watch the film.

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PearlyKayAm1
Sep 01, 2019

Slow moving, but touching and sweet. Good performances by a very good cast.

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dirtbag
Aug 20, 2019

Yet another version of dealing with Alzheimers in the family.

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SAPL454
Jul 26, 2019

MRI

PERF

An inviting movie designed to show how a family solves its problems.

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PG, 14+

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Courier2003
Jul 07, 2019

Overrated. Did not finish.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 07, 2019

I don't think this is a dysfunctional family movie--they seem pretty normal to me. It is also not a happy movie at all. When they aren't competing to see whose life is harder and when the adult children aren't whining about who daddy loved more, they are dealing with their father's inability to cope with losing his wife to dementia. Good, not spectacular, acting. For no reason at all a random sex scene gets thrown in. And fortunately, one character who we are told several times "spends her days elbow deep in dead chicken guts" has a rich spouse. Worth watching but not a brilliant work.

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