Friday 2 July 2010

Lymelife review

Lymelife (15, 94 mins)
Director: Derick Martini
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This familiar tale of suburban angst is set in New York’s Long Island in the late 70s where teenaged Scott (Rory Culkin) pines for his best friend Adrianna (Emma Roberts) whose mother (Cynthia Nixon) is having an affair with his father (Alec Baldwin). Meanwhile Adrianna’s father (a very good Timothy Hutton) is suffering from Lyme disease and likes to go shooting. Even though it sets up a varied and reasonably interesting group of characters, Lymelife is one of those films that takes an awfully long time to reveal what it’s actually about, with scenes chopped off abruptly and no great subtlety to the way relationships are developed or skill in their execution. More than anything though, it’s so close thematically and aesthetically to The Ice Storm as to be more or less redundant.

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