Fireflies in the Garden 2011

Fireflies in the Garden

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Despite boasting a stellar cast, Fireflies in the Garden is just tedious, dull and predictable melodrama. Instantly forgettable.

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Successful novelist Michael (Ryan Reynolds) visits his family in the Midwest, only to learn that his mother, Lisa (Julia Roberts), has died in a tragic accident. Along with his father, Charles (Willem Dafoe), a college professor, and his sister, Ryne (Shannon Lucio), Michael attempts to come to terms with his grief. Lisa's absence revives many old wounds, however, and the emerging tensions threaten to destroy the family just as they make an effort to come together and mourn.

Cast & Crew

Emily Watson
Jane Lawrence
Cayden Boyd
Young Michael
Shannon Lucio
Ryne Waechter
George Newbern
Jimmy Lawrence
Dennis Lee
Director
Dennis Lee
Screenwriter
Jere Hausfater
Executive Producer
Milton Liu
Executive Producer
Daniel Moder
Cinematographer
Dede Allen
Film Editor
Robert Brakey
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Critic Reviews for Fireflies in the Garden

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Audience Reviews for Fireflies in the Garden

  • Sep 29, 2012
    I am amazed that this film didn't get a big wide release, especially with it's all star cast. It is very good. The performances are very strong especially by Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts. The film kind of reminded me of movies like You Can Count On Me, 2 Weeks, Moonlight Mile, The Big Chill. I definitely recommend this film, especially cause of the performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Great cast. Willem Dafoe, and Ryan Reynolds, really pulled this one off well....This is what "Tree of Life' could have been, had it not decided to be "cool & artsy!" This film was much more enjoyable. Even though it dealt with issues that most people find very disturbing, I think that it was handled very well. Not a "feel good" movie by any means.....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    There is something fairly standard about "Fireflies in the Garden" while in brief moments it can hint at something much better. This is a family drama with a top notch cast that is centered around a surprisingly serious turn from Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds employs his usual charm as Michael Taylor, a young man that grew up with a difficult father. That father as played by Willem Dafoe is given more depth than simply being a movie dad who is relentlessly hateful. He has his true moments of cruelty while also understanding the love and pride he should find for his son. It is a hard relationship to document, to understand and writer/director Dennis Lee gives us no cause for the effect of Dafoe's hateful dad. While Michael is otherwise surrounded by strong females who love him dearly such as his mother (Juia Roberts) and her sister Jane (Emily Watson). The story of Michael, a published novelist who has made a living writing romance novels, is a slight bit of a disappointment to his father, a college english professor. He is returning home for his sister's college graduation when tragedy strikes and through a series of flashbacks we see Michaels memories that have inspired the current turmoil that hangs over the family. There are enough good performances here and touching moments for me to recommend this, but you will walk away feeling Lee's aspirations were bigger than his final product can warrant.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    Interesting film. A lot of big names in this. The storyline does drag out for a while. Willem Dafoe does a great job of making you hate his character.
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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