Around the Bend (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Around the Bend (2004)



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Four generations of an American family are brought together by difficult circumstances while facing some unpleasant truths in this drama. Henry (Michael Caine) is an elderly man in failing health living in a small town in the Southwest, where he's cared for by his live-in nurse (Glenne Headly). As Henry's condition grows worse, he's joined by his son Turner (Christopher Walken), his grandson Jason (Josh Lucas), and his great-grandson Zach (Jonah Bobo). As the four men deal with Henry's illness, they also try to come to terms with a lifetime's worth of differences between them. Around the Bend is the first feature film from writer and director Jordan Roberts.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jordan Roberts, Jordon Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Box Office: $0.1M
Warner Independent - Official Site


Michael Caine
as Henry Lair
Christopher Walken
as Turner Lair
Josh Lucas
as Jason Lair
Jonah Bobo
as Zack Lair
Robert Douglas
as College Student
Carlos Cabarcas
as KFC Counterman
Jean Effron
as Albert's Mother
Lily Knight
as Tiffany's Saleswoman
Rick Negron
as KFC Manager
David Marciano
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Around the Bend

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (35)

Calling this 'tired' gives fatigue a bad name.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In the end Around the Bend isn't an awful movie. It's merely forgettable.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

When traveling the American Southwest, there are bound to be many KFC locations around the bend to feed you along the way.

Full Review… | December 21, 2014

Michael Caine and Christopher Walken breath spirited life into debut writer/director Jordan Roberts' road trip of family bonding in this independent movie with a big heart.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009 many ways the softer scenes have more punch to them than any of the emotional confrontations or dramatic revelations

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

An unusual, oddly satisfying film that's part road movie and part emotional drama.

Full Review… | April 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for Around the Bend


An experienced cast lifts this "quirky" family drama about redemption just above been there done that, but only just. Walken and Caine, of course, are the standouts.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Never Judge A Film By Its Cover, I have seen this film on the shelves 100 times and passed it up. I'm not a big Christopher Walken Fan, but I do enjoy Michael Caine. So I finally decided to watch this one and what I saw was a very enjoyable movie with a great sound track. About a father (Michael Caine) who only last wish is to see his son (Christopher Walken). Soon after he appears dies and before he dies he leaves his son, grandson and great grandson instructions for a road trip, which makes the movie most enjoyable. The purpose is to get these three back together. All died a fabulous job, 4 1/2 stars 4-21-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Cast: Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, Josh Lucas, Glenne Headly, Jonah Bobo, David Eigenberg, Robert Douglas, Carlos Cabarcas, Gerry Bamman, Jean Effron, Lily Knight, Rick Negron

Director: Jordan Roberts

Summary: Four generations of men are suddenly brought together by the chance to uncover the truth about their family's past. When their eldest member passes away, the remaining trio embarks on a journey that takes them out on the road and into a world full of surprises -- some comic, some dramatic, and all of them personal.

My Thoughts: "Really loved this movie. It was a mans movie with some male bonding going on, but definitely sentimental for the gal's. Such a great cast of men in this movie. I am a sucker for road trip movies, and this was a great one.The story is good, the acting is great, and the concept of Henry's will is funny and original. I enjoyed the entirety of this film. It had a great mix of humor, sadness, and drama. It's a road trip to forgiveness. See it if you haven't yet."


Super Reviewer

Around the Bend Quotes

Turner Lair: Goin' to the rock.. It's where you come from. The woman I made love with on that rock... was your mother.
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)
Jason Lair: Why did Henry send us here, Turner?
Turner Lair: Spite...
Jason Lair: No, he sent us here so I could forgive you. That's all my post-it said was, "Forgive him." What am I forgiving you for, Turner? Huh? What am I forgiving you for?
Turner Lair: What happened here... there's no forgiveness. ...I'm, i'm not even that person anymore.
Jason Lair: What happened on the stairway, Turner? Just tell me, what happened on the stairway?
Turner Lair: You were not in the car.
Jason Lair: What?
Turner Lair: With your mother. You were never in a car accident.
Jason Lair: What'd you do? Did you drop me? Is that it? You get fucked up? You get fucked up and you dropped me?
Turner Lair: Fucked up? I WAS GONE!
Jason Lair: Just... say it! Say it! Say it! You dropped me! Say it.
Turner Lair: No... no. No! NO! Nobody dropped you! ..GET IT? ....I threw you, kid. I threw my boy.. I threw my boy.
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)
Jason Lair: You called me TENSE!
Turner Lair: You called me a THIEF!
Jason Lair: You WERE a thief!
Turner Lair: You were tense. You still are.
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)
Turner Lair: She was.. My breath. When she died, I had no.. Breath, anymore. You understand?
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)

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