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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007FOCMKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
Don't let comparisons with American Beauty sway your judgement or unduly put you off Lymelife. Sure, it deals with dysfunction in American families that is very much tied to social pressures and the need to conform and succeed, and yes, it's occasionally bleak and hard-hitting in its observations, but Lymelife comes from a deeper, more personal place. Reflecting the experience of the filmmakers (directed by Derick Martini from a script co-written with his brother Steven), the film feels much more affectionate and realistic in its reminiscence of youth and of growing up, capturing a sense of life during a key period in the 70s, without idealising the experience or shying away from the harsh truths.

Strictly speaking, the period isn't the decade for the filmmakers own coming-of-age, but there's a realisation that much of what has shaped the world they live in comes from their family background in the 70s. In places like suburban Long Island, there was indeed a mini boom and a chance to live the American Dream and Scott's father Mickey (Alec Baldwin) is one of those men pursuing his dream to build that dream through his construction company. Despite the wealth that this brings, all is not happy in the Bartlett household, and the constant pursuit to succeed is putting stress on the family, as is Mickey's carrying on of an affair with his neighbour. Scott meanwhile - superbly played by Kieran Culkin - has his own concerns, dealing with bullying in school and trying to take his childhood friendship with Adrianna (Emma Roberts) onto a new level, but the slightly older girl is quickly developing beyond the reach of an adolescent still obsessed with Star Wars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Nice, largely. Funny.

I didn't really know it was actually a comedy though, when I was watching it. I watched it on TV, not having planned to see the film.

Only at the end I realised it is a comedy. Quick revision. Funny film. Really rather funny indeed. Unexpected film.

I'm someone who has found myself writing numerous times in reviews - "Why is this called a comedy - it's not, it's a really, really serious drama" - for example with "Synedoche, New York" (despite containing a good amount of black humour), but numerous other films also.

This one, I can see, really is. It gets really good towards the end. It's actually really funny, and well made.

Now I'm aware it's a comedy, the more I think of it - it's so funny. It's really, really funny. It may be hysterical, hilarious, now that I know.

Before I just knew this film is a comedy, I was quickly planning to write my shortest review ever - "The Ice Storm II, a bit more enigmatic, drops the iconic crap, kind of. Kind of."

Damn, I was destined never to be that cool, to write such a short review that could nearly be a Haiku review, if I organise it appropriately.

But, things are better. This is a great film and I know it. I think.

A good, funny element is how the autobiographical story line of the writers seems even to be adapted around the notion of the actor Timothy Hutton never having left the area of his character in "Ordinary People". Nice kind of touch, whether meant or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 17 July 2013
Format: DVD
First off this is NOT the "laugh out loud, violently funny" comedy that is advertised on the front of the box. There are some minor moments of humor and most of that is uncomfortably funny. The film takes place in 1979, with music from an earlier time, and a lame indie style soundtrack. Charley (Timothy Hutton) has Lyme disease. He is not all there, but is not totally out of it. His wife, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon) works for Mickey Bartlett (Alec Baldwin). He is an architect on Long Island and she sells real estate. Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) emulates his dad and has a love interest in Adrianna (Emma Roberts) the daughter of Charley and Melissa. Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) is Scott's brother who is home from leave from the army. Jill Hennessy plays Brenda, the unhappy wife of Mickey who wants to go back to the Queens.

The film was excellently acted and was perhaps too uncomfortable for my liking. There are scenes of adultery and fighting as the movie centers around how Scott copes with life in his "coming of age" story. If you are looking for a well acted indie drama about long island and Lyme disease, this is it. If you want a quirky laugh out loud fumy production, look elsewhere.

Excessive f-bombs, minor sex scene, nude magazine centerfold
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Like many US indie films, there's real sense of the extraordinary coming through from the very ordinary, here, with Lymelife.

Throughout, there was a real sense of odd detachment about it, especially in the scenes with the sufferer of the disease (Lymes) in question, Timothy Hutton, who keeps seeing a deer from his sick bed and then goes off out into the winter landscape to hunt it down, with a rifle....

The film itself was on late on BBC2 and I wish now that I'd been more alert to appreciate it, but what I did, is certainly memorable enough. Like Ang Lee's excellent The Ice Storm (set in the same 1970's) and in commuter belt Long Island, it's a gritty and often unsettlingly difficult to watch relationship drama. The family politics go haywire as father Alec Baldwin has an affair, which is one story and the other, that other reviewers have touched on, is of Rory Culkin finding his sexuality amongst this upset and upheaval.

Apart from the often cringe-inducing 'fashions' and hairstyles, it is probably his touching and nuanced performance as he fumbles with finding his first sexual experience that is the most memorable. Against the backdrop of Baldwin's often self righteous shouting rants, you can't but feel for him and his vulnerability and innocence.

As always, buying yet another DVD to view a film properly is offset against cash, so I might have to wait for it to reappear on TV somewhere before I can be reacquainted. I feel that it has the capabilities of being a very fine film, if offbeat and well worth taking a second look at. Intrigued!
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