Domestic Disturbance (2001)



Critic 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.
PG-13 (for violence, brief sexuality and language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Susan Floyd
as Diane
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
Dianna Catterton
as 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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Full Review… | October 26, 2008
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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At least it's not Battlefield: Earth II.

November 28, 2001
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Audience Reviews for Domestic Disturbance

Quite dull for a thriller and lacking in storyline. I would be seriously annoyed if I paid money to see this at the cinema instead of watching it on tv. Looks cheaply made like a tv movie, except I have seen more entertaining tv movies. Why Vince Vaugh's character is a psycho is never explained (or it was but I was asleep through boredom in that bit). Pile of wishy washy characters I couldn't care less about.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Surprisingly good, a little predictable in places but a pretty good Thriller. I do prefer Vince Vaughns more serious roles and think in this case he made a good bad guyl. Easy watching, enjoyable and entertaining.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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