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  • Actors: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Pat McNamara
  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Writers: Greg Mottola
  • Producers: Campbell Scott, David Heyman, Jonathan Stern, Larry Kamerman, Nancy Tenenbaum
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00009PBOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Happily married Eliza (Hope Davis) discovers a letter written to her husband Louis (Stanley Tucci), signed 'Forever Sandy'. Her curiosity pricked by the note, she seeks the advice of her family, who do nothing to allay her fears that Louis may be having an affair. The entire clan - Eliza, her younger sister, her sister's pseudo-poet boyfriend, and mum and dad - pile into the family station wagon and head for Louis' Manhattan workplace to find out the truth. However, they end up learning as much about their relationships with each other as they do about Louis' level of marital fidelity.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Daytrippers is essentially a roadtrip about a family slowly suffocating under an overbearing mother. It's razor sharp and driven by fantastic performances...the script helps; all of the characters - even those that are just simple cameos - are brilliantly observed, incredibly detailed and well drawn. Some of the dialogue blew my socks off and was, I thought, reminiscent of, and as good as, anything by Woody Allen or the Coen Brothers. Daytrippers could have been made in the seventies, it has a vibe that we just don't see has that feel that made America feel special and glamorous all those years ago - something they completely lost in the eighties and never got back. A rare treat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great writing, well executed. 15 July 1999
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For the most part, I agree with the other reviews I've seen here, with two exceptions, and I'll concentrate on those. Describing the Parker Posey character as "promiscuous" and "one-note" is, I believe, missing the mark. The day trip is significant for her in that as it continues, her feelings for her boyfriend are tested as she hears him express his views and describe the book he's writing, then sees his views tested by a man of strong intellect (who also tests her commitment to the relationship). And I think that the reason that Ann Meara makes another viewer want to put a hole in his TV is that she is so on-target with her portrayal of a controlling mother and wife. This film is, for the most part, funny, but it is ultimately surprising, sad, and touching.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
. 16 Feb. 2000
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A charming, pleasant little comedy, which avoids triteness, and all-too-easy cliches, quite admirably. As they say, this is the kind of flick that gives independant films a good name. I found the humor of the film richly appealing primarily because it never imposes itself on you. Amusing situations are allowed to be amusing in and of themselves; they aren't centered around specific jokes that are being shoved at you. As a result of its subtlety, the movie is never quite hilarious -- but what it gains is a consistent atmosphere of agreeable charm and surprisingly three-dimensional characters. The attempt to mix in such intense drama towards the end of the film feels a bit heavy-handed, and is maybe a bit overdone; and the ending itself is a bit befuddling and mildly unsatisfactory. Yet these qualms are minor, and well outweighed by the film's merits.
Liev Schreiber is a treat as Posey's boyfriend, and Campbell Scott pops up, amusingly, as a sleazy author. Hope Davis fits her role like a glove, and is also one of the cutest women I've ever seen. All in all, a fine movie, and a very agreeable way to pass 90 minutes.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
New transfer badly needed 12 Jan. 2010
By ZYX - Published on
Format: DVD
The film is outstanding -- Mottola's best, in my opinion.

However, this review is of the DVD itself. The transfer is soft with a lot of compression artifacts that distort the image. The most glaring flaw, though, is that (like its region 2 counterpart) the film is presented in a 1.33:1 ratio rather than the original widescreen. I've held off on owning this for quite a few years, waiting for it to be presented in its original aspect ratio. Not at least getting the option of seeing the film's original framing as it was composed for theaters is a rare situation in the DVD (and now Blu-Ray) era, and I don't want to encourage this blunder with a purchase.
Superbad and Adventureland were both pretty popular, so why no new release of their outstanding predecessor, with a nice widescreen transfer?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just a suggestion 18 Feb. 2006
By S. Hager - Published on
Format: DVD
It's clear that the vhs and dvds are long out of print and difficult or expesive to find. I got an international (multi-region)dvd player a couple years ago, and it's payed off. This movie is much easier to find in the region 2 format. Same movie, same features, can't play on regular north american dvd players. People who like this movie are likely to seek out hard to find movies, you might be surprised at what you can find from different counties. Of course, in five years all these hard to find movies may become available through new on-demand cable or whatever.

I loved this movie, saw it when it was in theaters, then watched a copy I taped off cable. Now I have a dvd. It's become a traditional day-after-Thanksgiving movie for me (that's when the movie takes place). Definitely a molasses paced character drama/comedy. Not for everyone.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Collection Classic 19 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Viewers expecting raucous laughs, and slapstick humor will be terribly disappointed with this film. The Daytrippers' humor lies in the nuances of the realistic characters, the subtly sarcastic dialogue, and the film's overall quiet resolve despite the ridiculous situation presented. Lovers of "Seinfeld" (like myself) will watch this movie again and again...
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