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Lymelife features sharp performances, but the story lacks the emotional depth or focus worthy of its talented cast. Read critic reviews

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In 1979, a Long Island town falls into a panic when Charlie Bragg (Timothy Hutton), a hapless husband and father, is diagnosed with Lyme Disease. His wife, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon), takes a job working for their womanizing next-door neighbor, Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin), whose philandering ways are no secret to his wife (Jill Hennessy). As tensions rise, the Braggs' teenage daughter, Adrianna (Emma Roberts), and the Bartletts' teenage son, Scott (Rory Culkin), try to maintain their sanity.

Cast & Crew

Alec Baldwin
Mickey Bartlett
Rory Culkin
Scott Bartlett
Emma Roberts
Adrianna Bragg
Jill Hennessy
Brenda Bartlett
Timothy Hutton
Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon
Melissa Bragg
Kieran Culkin
Jimmy Bartlett
Logan Huffman
Blaze Salado
Adam Scarimbolo
Todd O'Leary
Derick Martini
Screenwriter
Steven Martini
Screenwriter
Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer
Leonard Loventhal
Executive Producer
Steven Martini
Original Music
Frank Godwin
Cinematographer
Kelly McGehee
Production Design
Matthew Munn
Art Director
Kelley Burney
Set Decoration
Erika Munro
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Critic Reviews for Lymelife

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  • Jun 01, 2013
    Just a typical coming of age indie flick. It's got some great acting but the film lacks focus; it jumps around between too many conflicts without really having a story. There's also has an abrupt ending making it unsatisfying. With that said, I was never bored when watching the film probably due to the strong characterization. Nothing groundbreaking, worth watching, but it follows the same formula as most indie movies.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2012
    In a 1970s bourgeois neighborhood a naive teenager copes with his father philandering and his mercurial love interest. I think Flixster Super Reviewer Pamela De Graff said it best: "We've seen Lymelife's somber imputation in other movies about suburban values and relationships, Lymelife's is not a pensively warm-hearted slice of life, nor merely a bleakly cynical condemnation of the American dream. It's a reasoned, dryly tongue-in-cheek indictment of yuppie hypocrisies and contradictions." And I liked the acting -- particularly by Keiran Culkin, who has grown up into a smarmy smart ass. Overall, I think writing more would be redundant as I found De Graff's review to be spot on and more intelligently written than I can attempt here.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    <i>The American Dream Sucks</i> Understated with AMAZING performances by the entire cast. Recommended.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Really? That many people dumped on this film? I thought it was quite charming and my first introduction to Emma Roberts who really hasn't lived up to this initial promise since. I think its a bad choice in script selection. Alec Baldwin is great as well.
    John B Super Reviewer

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