Raising Genius (2004)
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as Hal Nestor
as Nancy Nestor
as Dr. Curley Weeks
as Dwight Nestor
as Lacy Baldwin
as Charlene Hobbs
as Officer Hunter
as Grandma Babe
as Mr. Gross
as Aunt Sis
as Dr. Van Heizen
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The story about a teenage genius Hal (Justin Long) who locks himself in the bathroom for three months, in order to work out mathematical equations on his shower walls and secretly ogle his cheerleader neighbor, Lacy (Danica McKellar) without interference from his overbearing mother Nancy Nestor (Wendie Malick) who sees herself as the perfect wife and mother. A battle of wills ensues with Nancy determined to lure her son out for a valedictory speech and Hal equally determined to stay in the john. Psychologist Dr. Curle Weeks (Ed Begley Jr.) comes to Nancy's aid to develop a program that might get her obsessive-compulsive son out of the bathroom. Stephen Root stars as the beleaguered dad who just wants to get through each day while Malick is hilarious as Hal`s social-climbing and equally dysfunctional mother.
Amusing. Light entertainment. Small little insights about parenting and marriage but nothing really goes into depth. The movie, while fun to watch, feels empty inside. Though not a complete miss.
Very offbeat but oddly likeable. As good as Wendie Malick is as the mother, I couldn't help but visualise Patricia Clarkson in the role, and she would have been terrific. (or even Joan Allen, Judy Davis or Annette Bening). I think they would have made it a more powerful film.
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