The Safety of Objects (2001)



Critic Consensus: The large cast of characters and scripting are too unwieldy, and the suburban angst theme feels tired.

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Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther (Glenn Close), who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie (Jessica Campbell). Meanwhile, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan (Moira Kelly). … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: A.M. Homes, Rose Troche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Box Office: $86.2k
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as Wayne Christianson

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Critic Reviews for The Safety of Objects

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (33)

A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing.

April 10, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In boldly departing from the safety of a strong, unifying plot, Troche makes virtual objects of her characters by showing us plenty that intrigues and not enough that enlightens.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative.

March 14, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A deftly made and poignant character study that deals with life's heartaches and its tender mercies.

Full Review… | March 13, 2003
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Safety of Objects

Saw this sometime ago and really enjoyed it, so was glad to see it going really cheap on Amazon.
The rewatch was just as good. Great cast including a very young Kristen Stewart. I liked how the stories about the three sets of neighbours all wound together. Though it is a drama, there is some black humor there as well. The Barbie doll in particular made me laugh. Very realistic with that hair - kind of creepy actually!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

What an odd movie.. I liked it and I really don't know why.. these neighbors are as screwed up as the next.. they are like one big disfunctioal family living in different house's on one street.. but yet this film is very sad too.. theres just so much going on.. its just something you need to watch for yourself to understand.. I loved it.


Super Reviewer


Odd, yet very likeable film.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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