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Beautiful Ohio (2006)





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Longtime actor Chad Lowe makes his feature directorial debut with this quiet family drama focusing on two young brothers as it explores the elaborate family dynamics and rapidly-evolving social attitudes during the dawn of the 1970s. Simon (John Hurt and Judith Messerman (Rita Wilson) are progressive parents who want nothing but the best for their two boys Clive (David Call) and William (Brett Davern). A highly-intelligent math prodigy whose seems set to claim the top prize at the upcoming mathmatics competition, troubled Clive frequently disconnects from his doting parents by speaking in a made-up language that nobody but himself can understand. William, on the other hand, is just trying to get by as he struggles to work his way out from under the formidable shadow cast by his older sibling. When Clive's provocative girlfriend Sandra (Michelle Trachtenberg enters into the equation harboring a decidedly sensitive secret, the tempestuous relationship between the two brothers will soon put to the ultimate test.

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Brett Davern
as William Messerman
David Call
as Clive Messerman
William Hurt
as Simon Messerman
Rita Wilson
as Judith Messerman
Michelle Trachtenberg
as Sandra Sorento
Tom McCarthy
as Adult William Messerman
Julianna Margulies
as Mrs. Cubano
Matt Servitto
as Mr. Cubano
Ilo Orleans
as Jay Minton
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Mr. Lebreaux
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Ohio

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unfolds in extremely surprising ways

Full Review… | April 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Beautiful Ohio

The screenplay didn't ring true, the dialogue was too pat. The acting wasn't bad. Too slow moving at times and it didn't flow smoothly. But it does have some memorable moments. Not much of an effort toward period detail.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Excruciatingly slow, and the genius older brother with his "secret" language got old really quick. I couldn't say it was a total waste of time, as there was some good bits and it did pick up somewhat one hour in, but I found the first half very, very slow, and the end part way too rushed with no real answers. The pacing on this movie was definitely a little off.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

good solid directorial debut from actor chad lowe but that was 5 years ago-how come no sophmore effort?

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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