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Steam (2007)



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Three women struggle with the joys and sorrows of love in this three-part drama from writer and director Kyle Schickner. Teenaged Elizabeth (Kate Siegel) has been raised in a conservative, deeply religious household, and when she goes away to college she revels in her first taste of freedom. Elizabeth falls into a relationship with Niala (Reshma Shetty), an attractive and free-spirited bisexual, and is introduced to the heady pleasures of sex. However, while Elizabeth is deeply in love with Niala, she soon discovers that Niala puts little stock in exclusive relationships. Laurie (Ally Sheedy) is in her mid-forties and has lost nearly everything in a messy divorce, including full custody of her son, who now spends half his time with his father and his new (and younger) wife. Laurie is so filled with resentment and anger that she can scarcely get through the days until she meets her son's soccer coach, who wastes no time letting Laurie know he's smitten with her. And Doris (Ruby Dee) is an elderly woman who is deep in mourning after the death of her husband. While friends and volunteers from her church try to help Doris break out of her funk, she seems inconsolable until she meets a man her own age who lost his wife. The two bond over their shared loss and fall in love, but while they're eager to marry, the man's son is convinced Doris' motives are not pure.
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Ally Sheedy
as Laurie
Kate Siegel
as Elizabeth
Ruby Dee
as Doris
Zach Mills
as T.J.
Cylk Cozart
as William
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Critic Reviews for Steam

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The clichés are thicker than the Steam in Kyle Schickner's hackneyed dramedy.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
New York Post
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So cheesy and so poorly acted that it should never have seen the light of day.

March 20, 2009
New York Times
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If these one-dimensional stereotypes were to hit the steam room, they'd go quite limp.

Full Review… | March 18, 2009
Time Out
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Writer-director Kyle Schickner embraces every cliche with gusto. (Behold the cruel intolerance of the patriarchy!)

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Village Voice
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[Director] Schickner's reach exceeds his grasp. In trying to tell three stories simultaneously in a two-hour running time, he allows for too many developments that seem driven more by plot than character.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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This is a movie that I can safely recommend to both my sister and my mom, to Republicans and Democrats, to my students in college to my son's elementary school teachers, to my close friends and even total strangers. Not many movies are like that. There's

Full Review… | August 18, 2009
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for Steam


I am not so sure about this one. The women did not get a happy ending, just some temporary relief sitting in the steam in a sauna. The ending was very abrupt and unsatisfying.

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