The Playroom (2013)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5
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In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer's second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the fašade of a seemingly perfect American family. -- (C) Freestyle
Feb 8, 2013 Limited
Mar 11, 2013
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You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up.
Standout Olivia Harris and Parker are heart-wrenching as the vitriolic mother and neglected teen daughter.
Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor.
The film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
A detailed, and depressing portrait of grim, forced independence. Lightened only by the sense that if these kids are learning anything, it is how to survive.
This imitation "Ice Storm" is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.
Molly Parker is Oscar-worthy in the juicy role of John Hawkes' alcoholic, stylish, sexy/pathetic wife.
The stuff with the adults is drab and stale, but the kids' scenes are excellent.
In the tradition of The Ice Storm, The Playroom revisits 1970s suburbia, when the chilly civility between husband and Stepford wife bumps up against the sexual revolution.
It's a misfire from screenwriter Gretchen Dyer and director Julia Dyer, who can't connect the puzzle pieces, resulting in a movie of attentive performances working through ill-defined storytelling.
If The Ice Storm was a band, think of this as the minor-chord, label-unsigned, opening act for its opening act. Lovingly captured but dramatically inert.
A reliance on melodrama prevents a deeper and more insightful glimpse into the characters and subject matter.
A chamber piece cousin to The Ice Storm, The Playroom hones in on the mentality of so many irresponsible '70s era parents whose children grew up to be much better people than their parents.
What little story there is has no sense of real life, no matter much the film pretends to be about children learning hard truths.
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