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Ang Lee - Ice Storm

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  • Nov 1, 2008
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Two neighboring families experience a long and ultimately life-changing Thanksgiving weekend. The story moves from one house to the other where the adults are all bored with their spouses (but not with their neighbor's spouse) and the kids are restless and curious about sex. Everyone feels misunderstood and a big ice storm is coming.

This adult drama is full of outstanding performances: Kevin Kline and a luminously lovely Joan Allen play husband and wife who are both filled with pain and longing. Sigourney Weaver is great as the self-absorbed and callous neighbor wife who hooks up with Kline's character. The kids include a young, sensitive Tobey Maguire who lusts after classmate Katie Holmes, while younger siblings Christina Ricci and Elijah Woods suffer the pangs of adolescence. It's played very low-key with no sentimentality to show what self-indulgent and disconnected lives they lead. They're all miserable and the warnings about the coming ice storm intensify the feeling of impending doom.

This sobering look at middle-class woes is definitely not a feel-good movie, but it's very well-made. Recommended.
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January 27, 2009
Liked it a lot. I kept thinking the Coen Brothers were going to pop in at any moment.
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Quick Tip by . October 21, 2010
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I was told by many people that I was supposed to like it and these people tend to be right ... Nope. I didn't like it. I love most of the cast, but I kept feeling like I'd seen something like it befo ... oh yea "Ordinary People." OP did it earlier and to my mind much better.
review by . September 04, 2008
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Pros: entire cast, cinematography     Cons: ..     The Bottom Line: "Oh, life's a work of fiction  Wistful wind of a train  Find security in addiction  Lost in gardens insane" ~ Beau     If you want a glimpse of what a dysfunctional family looks like, then Ice Storm is the movie for you. It begins at the end, with Paul Hood sitting on a train, frozen in time by an ice storm. We then travel back, to find out …
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Director Ang Lee's main concern is a subtle examination of family life that he began with THE WEDDING BANQUET and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN. With THE ICE STORM, Lee creates a truly American period film that is equally concerned with family relationships, set in 1970s New England. It is Thanksgiving, 1973, and the Carvers and the Hoods are two prototypical suburban families seemingly living the good life in New Canaan, Connecticut. Behind their New Age philosophies and polyester fashions, however, lies deep discontent. One husband carries on an unsatisfying affair with the other family's wife, while his teenage daughter experiments sexually with both of the neighbor's boys. When a winter storm descends upon their upper middle class neighborhood, buried resentments bubble over, leading to a tragedy neither family will ever forget. <br> <br> An intense, well-acted drama based on the novel by Rick Moody, THE ICE STORM is a masterly depiction of the frigid emotional life of suburbia. Great care was taken to accur...
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Director: Ang Lee
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 31, 1997
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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