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Wherever You Are (Lifelines) (2008)

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Lifelines examines an extraordinarily stressful day in the life of the dangerously dysfunctional suburban Bernstein family. Mom Nancy (Jane Adams), a schoolteacher, is unable to handle the constant barrage of hostility from her three children. Husband Ira (Josh Pais) is ineffectual, but tries to convince Nancy that her addiction to coffee isn't helping her anxiety. Older son Mikey (Robbie Sublett) is a stutterer, and barely able to express himself under the best conditions. Middle child Meghan (Dreama Walker of Gossip Girl) flouts whatever restrictions her parents place on her, inviting her boyfriend for overnight visits, while youngest child Spencer (Jacob Kogan of the 2009 Star Trek) suffers from ADHD, and needs to be handcuffed to the car to get him to participate in a family outing. The family visits a therapist, Dr. Livingston (Joe Morton), where Ira reveals that he's leaving Nancy because he's discovered that he's gay. Just when the family appears ready to fracture irreparably, Dr. Livingston calmly takes them into his office, one at a time, and finds a way to get each of them to communicate with him. But the painful confessions he elicits may prove too much for their already fragile family bonds to withstand.
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jane Adams (II)
as Nancy Bernstein
Josh Pais
as Ira Bernstein
Jacob Kogan
as Spencer Bernstein
Robbie Sublett
as Michael Bernstein
Dreama Walker
as Meghan Bernstein
Joe Morton
as Dr. Livingston

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Terrific performances rescue it, from Adams' wounded exhaustion to Pais's comical confusion and Walker's furious defiance, all hurled against Morton's patient 'listening' and advice.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Lifelines is an insufferably over-familiar take on angst in affluent suburbia.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Lifelines is a tiny movie, made for $385,000, but it strikes enough strange chords to make it resonate.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
New York Post
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Written and directed by Rob Margolies, Lifelines starts promisingly, but soon gives way to a compressed, schematic psychodrama endemic.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
New York Times
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Most of the movie is merely excruciating, until a late revelation elevates it into the realm of the sublimely ludicrous.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009
Time Out
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The film's befuddling direction and tone, queasy HD interiors, and tin-eared, often preposterous, screenplay prove disastrous.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009
Village Voice
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