What They Had

What They Had

DVD - 2019
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Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her father's reluctance to let go of their life together and her ailing mother.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WHA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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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.

JCLHeatherM Jun 07, 2019

A Chicago family is faced with dealing with the deteriorating memory of their matriarch, who is still very much in love with her husband and family as long as she can remember who they are. Each family member (father/husband, son, daughter) plays a role in helping or impeding the mother's recovery while her memory continues to slip away after eight long years of living with her debilitating condition.

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