Domestic Disturbance

Critics Consensus

Well-made but extremely predictable, Domestic Disturbance is an average thriller that may work better on TV.



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John Travolta stars in this thriller as divorced husband and father Frank Morrison, a boat builder concerned about his son Danny (Matthew O'Leary), a troubled 11-year-old who has shown a tendency to lie since his parents broke up. When his ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) announces that she's getting remarried to Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn), a recent arrival in town and a popular, wealthy philanthropist, Frank struggles with jealousy but feels that Rick might be a stabilizing influence for his son. When Danny begins relating unsettling stories about Rick, Frank at first chalks it up to youthful rebellion, but when Danny stridently claims to have witnessed his new stepfather committing murder, Frank's instincts tell him the story is true. As he investigates the new man in his family's life, Frank uncovers alarming facts about Rick, who's not the man he appears to be. Domestic Disturbance (2001) made headlines six months before its release when co-star Steve Buscemi, accompanied by Vaughn and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, was stabbed and seriously injured in an after-hours bar brawl with locals near the film's North Carolina set.

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John Travolta
as Frank Morrison
Vince Vaughn
as Rick Barnes
Matt O'Leary
as Danny Morrison
Teri Polo
as Susan Morrison Barnes
Steve Buscemi
as Ray Coleman
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Sgt. Edgar Stevens
Chris Ellis
as Det. Warren
Debra Mooney
as Theresa
Leland L. Jones
as Coach Mark
William Parry
as Don Patterson
Suzanne Nystrom
as Wedding Coordinator
George Christy
as Wedding Photographer
Tait Ruppert
as Wedding Guest
Darryl Warren
as Walter Ward
Holmes Osborne
as Shady Tree Motel Clerk
Zack Hanner
as Police Technician
Jim Meskimen
as Bob Lerner
Steve Roberts
as Bartender
Sara Graves
as Conroy's Waitress
Vipin Patel
as Crestview Motel Manager
Patt Noday
as TV Reporter
Benton Hill Jr.
as Wedding Band Leader
Vince Beard
as Wedding Band Member
Leroy Harper
as Wedding Band Member
Brad LLoyd
as Wedding Band Member
Brad Merritt
as Wedding Band Member
Marc Siegel
as Wedding Band Member
Vince Stout
as Wedding Band Member
Lee Venters
as Wedding Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Domestic Disturbance

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Audience Reviews for Domestic Disturbance

  • Jun 18, 2012
    "Domestic Disturbance" is the result of uninspired direction, a generic script, and awkward editing. Virtually every scene or line has been used a thousand times before in other less notable movies, so to call it 'predictable' would be a massive understatement; you need only watch the film's first ten minutes to know exactly how it ends and the steps that it takes to get there. John Travolta turns in a watchable performance, but the rest of the cast is below average. Vince Vaughn is horrifically miscast, and any scene where he's supposed to be intimidating or scary is pure comedy.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2011
    A suspense thriller about a divorced boat-builder Frank Morrison (John Travolta) living in a seaside town who is hoping to get along with his ex-wife's new husband, but his pre-teen son who is having trouble coping with his mother's second marriage to the creepy Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn) convinces him that the new hubby is bad news when he accidentally witnesses Rick murder a co-hort (Steve Buscemi) in cold blood and incinerate him, leaving virtually no evidence. Sadly, because the lad has a reputation as a habitual liar, no-one believes him least of all his mother (Teri Polo) who doesn't realize that her new hubby is torturing her child under her own roof in an effort to keep him silent and now it is up to his recovering alcoholic, good old dad to come to the rescue. Although the script was somewhat predictable it kept my attention throughout and Vince Vaughn pulls off the bad guy role reasonably well.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2009
    For being PG13, it was still pretty creepy. The boy did a really good job, and Travolta was awesome as always. It was weird seeing Vince in a serious role though!
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    John Travolta is a simple guy named Frank, a recovering alcoholic struggling to maintain the family shipbuilding business his great grandfather started. Now that his ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) divorced him, his son Danny (Matt O'Leary) is constantly at the police station for one problem or another. So when Susan marries charming Rick (Vince Vaughn), Frank thinks he will provide the financial stability that Danny needs to clean up his act. Then, a mysterious Ray (Steve Buscemi) rolls into town and claims to be an old friend of Rick's. But Rick tells a different story, making Frank wary of them both. When Ray suddenly disappears, Danny claims that he witnessed Rick murder him. Susan thinks it's just another one of Danny's lies, but Frank isn't so sure. He investigates Rick's background and finds that Rick isn't at all what he appears to be. Director Harold Becker (SEA OF LOVE) delivers thrills and melodrama and the film is like a dreaming dog--quietly still, punctured by jolts of movement. Vaughn is subtly menacing and Travolta is as affable as a retriever, but it's Buscemi who really lights up the screen with a sleazy wariness that is hilarious.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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