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Sensitive to a fault, Tucker's adaptation of the Morrison novel is nonetheless solidly scripted and well-acted; guard your heartstrings. Read critic reviews
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Blake (Age 8)
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May 05, 2010It's hard to come to terms with seeing your parents as they are as human beings instead of parents. Then having to deal with losing one of them forever at the same time. Well acted...Leigh R Super Reviewer
Jan 01, 2010Great sentiment and great restraint in examining the generational fractures that prevent parent and child from saying what they mean in the earthly time available, while recognizing that people are often shortchanged on that front. Jim Broadbent shines. Powerful universality.hawk l Super Reviewer
Aug 16, 2009"When Did You Last See Your Father?" is a thoughtful, yet insubstantial, movie about why we should always appreciate our parents and never take them for granted, especially before it is too late. Case in point: Blake Morrison(Colin Firth), a poet, whose father Arthur(Jim Brodbent), a doctor, even embarrasses him as an adult, chatting up Salman Rushdie at an awards banquet(Wait a sec. Wasn't Rushdie in hiding in 1989? And that cell phone is all wrong for the year.) and wondering aloud if his son could not have found a more practical profession. However, naming him Blake pretty much guaranteed this.(Or he could have ended up a film director or a freedom fighter, I suppose.) Things take a serious turn when Arthur is diagnosed with cancer and given little time left, forcing Blake to recall what life was like when he was a teenager(Matthew Beard), blaming his lack of sexual activity on his father, turning the cliched father-son relationship on its head which has a tendency to be generational in popular fiction. In fact, Blake's reseveredness bordered on downright uptightness(and accompanying literary snobbishness) conflicts mightily with Arthur's outgoing demeanor which allowed him to enjoy adventures, so he could have stories to tell at the dinner table. At the end, I am left wondering what kind of father Blake turned out to be.Walter M Super Reviewer
Dec 09, 2008An emotional journey by a man's grown son (Colin Firth), watching as his father (Jim Broadbent) dies. The tale recounts several moments in the difficult relationship through the son's formative years. There was a definite connection with "Big Fish" in that both deal with the father/son relationship at the end of the father's life. The relationship here was complicated by the father's propensity to chat up the ladies and the son's insecurities. The honesty came through quite clearly. Fine acting, including Juliet Stevenson as the longsuffering wife and mother. Some beautiful views of the English countryside. Quite well done and this viewer was able to connect on a deep level to the film as one who lost his father more than a decade ago. It still hurts.Mark A Super Reviewer
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