Two Weeks


Two Weeks

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Sally Field gives it her all, but this excessively maudlin family drama feels like it takes Two Weeks to finish.



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Director Steve Stockman takes the helm for this semi-autobiographical comedy drama about an estranged family that comes together for one last goodbye, and finds their assumedly brief farewell inexorably dragged out for two excruciating weeks. Aging matriarch Anita (Sally Field) is dying, but before she goes, she has requested that her four grown children travel back home to visit their ailing mother on her deathbed. Eager to gain a better understanding of the dying process, daughter Emily purchases a variety of self-help books on the subject. Though brother Keith (Ben Chaplin) soon arrives determined to float through the process in typical L.A. Zen mode, Emily contends that the only way to be prepared for the future is to consider every detail that can go awry. When PR executive Barry arrives intent on getting some work done before death comes knocking, it appears as if he is more concerned with getting broadband Internet in the house than actually tending to his mother. Meanwhile, youngest brother Matthew sets at the sidelines biding his time as his unlikable wife, Katrina, callously speculates on which of the dying woman's luxurious jewels she will be inheriting. Now, as Anita begins to look back at her life while reflecting on the time spent with her family, the question of who will hold this family together once she is gone casts a melancholy shadow over her fond memories.

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Sally Field
as Anita Bergman
Ben Chaplin
as Keith Bergman
Tom Cavanagh
as Barry Bergman
Julianne Nicholson
as Emily Bergman
Glenn Howerton
as Matthew Bergman
Clea DuVall
as Katrina
James Murtaugh
as Jim Cranston
MoonPie Eller
as Jessica Bergman
Amy Hubbard
as Becky Straight
Anna Grace Smith
as Sarah Bergman
Terrence E. McNally
as Gerald Corwin
Lisa Baldwin
as Flight Attendant
Neva Howell
as Store Clerk
John Will Clay
as National Guardsman
Lauren Ellman
as Flight Attendant
Peggy Walton-Walker
as Airline Ticketing Agent
Alan Dysert
as Bank Manager
Holly Allen
as Customer Service Rep.
Larry Black
as Arnie Taubman
Judy Leavell
as Harriet Taubman
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Critic Reviews for Two Weeks

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (21)

  • Field looks appropriately wiped out. Although given how brittle, awkward, and completely uninteresting her younger co stars are, she could just be exasperated -- she's doing all the lifting.

    Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You will have to like Sally Field, you will have to really like Sally Field, to sit through Two Weeks.

    Mar 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The movie's warm advocacy of hospice, with all the dignity such end-of-life care provides, does real, influential good.

    Mar 7, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The well-intentioned screenplay is all over the map, with many scenes too truncated to go anywhere dramatically or emotionally. Is a cancer movie that leaves you dry-eyed an oxymoron?

    Mar 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • There is much to like in this poignant movie about those who leave this life and those left behind, but Two Weeks never quite pulls everything off.

    Mar 2, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Attempts at black humor, although not unrealistic during such a trying time, fall flat. Far worse than not laughing at the jokes, you're unlikely to be moved to tears at sad moments.

    Mar 2, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two Weeks

  • Sep 01, 2009
    Sally Field, Julianne Nicolson, Ben Chaplin, Clea DuVall, Glenn Howerton Four siblings rush home to say a last goodbye to their very sick mother. When she hangs on, they find themselves trapped together for two weeks. Through laughter and tears, they come to terms with the tragedies we all must face and rediscover the joy we find in each other. The film chronicles the Bergmans' alternately heartbreaking and hilarious struggles, intercut with Anita's own reflections on her life and her family. What happens to a family when the one person who holds it together can't hold on anymore? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sally Field is amazing. She absolutely breaks my heart in this movie. Anyone who has had a close member pass away from cancer like myself just recently, can relate to this story. This movie takes you to where many of us have been when they are all coming together to say goodbye to a loved one. This movie will have you back and forth from tears to laughter. Sally field is one who never disappoints with another brilliant performance. A must see.
  • Dec 16, 2007
    A brilliant and touching movie! Sally Field is simply great. Ben Chaplin and Tom Cavanagh are fantastic as well. The story plot centralizes around a family of four who are dealing with their mother's dying. Great connection of family, kinship, and the bond reaffirmed between siblings. They (altogether) deal with the decline of their mother's health, and the grief surrounded in laying her to rest in scattering her ashes. Memorable scenes: 1) The grocery store, where the boys are buying stuff and they get thrown out. 2) The siblings are debating whether to carry through with scattering their mother's ashes, one by one, they work through it.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2007
    Very sad movie. Death is difficult. Especially when it is your mom and the rock that holds the family together. Great cast! It's a tearjerker so get the kleenex ready. Not all depressing though since it had a few laughs as well.
    ~Lissa~ Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2007
    Sally as always is great but the movie is a downer and the rest of the cast is only average.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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