What They Had

2018, Drama, 1h 40m

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What They Had finds laughter and tears in its portrait of a family at a crossroads, with writer-director Elizabeth Chomko getting outstanding performances out of a talented cast. Read critic reviews

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After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remains at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments bubble to the surface.

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  • Dec 14, 2018
    The epitome of perfectly competent, appropriately moving, and decidedly routine What They Had attempts to break the monotony of the family drama, but despite a handful of strong performances from a rather stellar cast-Shannon and Forster stand-out, but it's Swank who holds this thing together-first-time filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko (who also has the sole writing credit) doesn't yet have the chops to execute the film in a way that makes this families tragedy rise above that of other, similarly-themed dramas.
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