Marvin's Room

Marvin's Room

"A story about the years that keep us apart... And the moments that bring us together."
  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.7  (25,968)
  • 68

Marvin’s Room revolves around the relationship between two sisters. One sister, Bessie, lives in Florida with their father, Marvin. Marvin had a stroke 17 years earlier, and Bessie has been taking care of him ever since. The other sister, Lee, moved to Ohio, where she married and had two kids. One of her children, Hank, is an unruly teenager that was committed to an insane asylum for burning down his mother's house. Lee thinks of herself as a free spirit, although her true problem is that she runs away from or ignores her responsibilities. Bessie seems like the saint who has made all the sacrifices, but in her own way she is running away from problems as well. The two sisters have not spoken for twenty years. When Bessie learns that she has Leukemia, she feels she has no choice but to contact her estranged sister for help. In order to have more possible bone marrow donors, Lee takes Hank out of the institution to travel with her and her younger son to Florida. When Lee learns that she will be in charge of their father’s care should Bessie pass away, she begins to look for nursing homes to place him in. Bessie, however, wants him to be taken care of at home. At first, the relationship between the two sisters is strained and uncomfortable. They are both very harsh towards each other. Hank doesn’t help matters with the fact that he is often defiant and moody. Somehow his Aunt Bessie is able to get through to him, and they form a powerful bond. Bessie tries to teach Lee to take charge of her life and make responsible decisions, while Lee tries to teach Bessie to have fun and take care of herself. Slowly, they begin to work through their differences and become a loving family once again.

Marvin's Room
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Marvin’s Room revolves around the relationship between two sisters. One sister, Bessie, lives in Florida with their father, Marvin. Marvin had a stroke 17 years earlier, and Bessie has been taking care of him ever since. The other sister, Lee, moved to Ohio, where she married and had two kids. One of her children, Hank, is an unruly teenager that was committed to an insane asylum for burning down his mother's house. Lee thinks of herself as a free spirit, although her true problem is that she runs away from or ignores her responsibilities. Bessie seems like the saint who has made all the sacrifices, but in her own way she is running away from problems as well. The two sisters have not spoken for twenty years.

When Bessie learns that she has Leukemia, she feels she has no choice but to contact her estranged sister for help. In order to have more possible bone marrow donors, Lee takes Hank out of the institution to travel with her and her younger son to Florida. When Lee learns that she will be in charge of their father’s care should Bessie pass away, she begins to look for nursing homes to place him in. Bessie, however, wants him to be taken care of at home.

At first, the relationship between the two sisters is strained and uncomfortable. They are both very harsh towards each other. Hank doesn’t help matters with the fact that he is often defiant and moody. Somehow his Aunt Bessie is able to get through to him, and they form a powerful bond. Bessie tries to teach Lee to take charge of her life and make responsible decisions, while Lee tries to teach Bessie to have fun and take care of herself. Slowly, they begin to work through their differences and become a loving family once again.

Marvin's Room is a 1996 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 68.

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  • Release Date
    1996
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 38 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (25,968)
  • Metascore
    68