Bad Manners

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  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.4  (440)

Bad Manners is a 1997 movie that tells the story of a dysfunctional family that gathers for Thanksgiving, and as the night progresses, long-held secrets are revealed, and relationships tested. The movie, directed by Jonathan Kaufer, stars David Strathairn, Bonnie Bedelia, and Saul Rubinek. David Strathairn plays the role of the father, Richard, a recently divorced man trying to make amends with his family. Richard's two children, Josh and Allison, join him for Thanksgiving dinner, along with his ex-wife, Bonnie Bedelia, and her new husband, Saul Rubinek.

As the family gathers, tensions run high between Richard and his ex-wife, who's bitter about how he left her. Adding to the tension is the presence of Bonnie Bedelia's new husband, Saul Rubinek, who is not well-liked by the rest of the family.

Over the course of the night, tensions escalate, and the family members begin to take jabs at each other. As the alcohol flows, long-held secrets begin to come out, further straining the relationships.

The movie is full of dysfunctional characters dealing with real-life issues. David Strathairn's character struggles to connect with his children, who are dealing with their own issues. Josh, played by Saul Rubinek, is a successful businessman, but he's not happy with his life, and Allison, played by Bonnie Bedelia, is trying to deal with her troubled marriage.

The performances in Bad Manners are excellent. David Strathairn is compelling as the imperfect father trying to make amends with his family. Bonnie Bedelia's character is complex, and she manages to evoke sympathy despite her bitterness. Saul Rubinek is excellent as the new husband, making the audience understand why he's disliked by the rest of the family.

The movie does have its weak moments that feel forced or contrived, but these are outweighed by the story's strong moments. The movie's pacing is slow but deliberate, allowing the audience to get to know the characters and their issues, making the reveal of each character's secrets all the more powerful.

Ultimately, Bad Manners is a story of a family dealing with the ramifications of past mistakes and the difficulties in moving on. It's a well-acted drama that isn't afraid to tackle real-life issues and the messiness of human relationships. The movie ends with a sense of hope but doesn't shy away from the reality that things may not be perfect.

In conclusion, Bad Manners is a 1997 movie worth watching, full of complex characters and real-life issues. The characters all struggle to connect with each other, and the movie doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties in doing so. While the movie may not be for everyone with its slow pacing and lack of action, those who appreciate character-driven dramas should give it a chance.

Bad Manners is a 1998 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (440)