Release Date: April 01, 2009
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin,
Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton,
Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, and
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Screen Media Films/Screen
Director: Derick Martini
Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese and Leonard
Producer: Alec Baldwin, Jon Cornick,
Barbara De Fina, Michele
Taylor, and Angela Somerville
Writer: Derek Martini and Steven
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(Screen Media Films)
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New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 308-1709
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Set in 1979, the story focuses on a relatively nominal Catholic family living on Long Island in New York. Kieran Culkin plays Scott Bartlett, a 15-year-old teenager in love with the girl next door, 16-year-old Adrianna played by Emma Roberts. Scott cannot tell whether Adrianna is interested in him, but it turns out that Adrianna has given up on Scott for other boys because Scott won’t make a move.
Adrianna’s father, Charlie, has lyme disease, which makes him listless, uninvolved and unemployed. Unknown to her mother, Melissa, Charlie pretends to go into the city looking for work but hides in the basement smoking pot.
Meanwhile, Scott’s military brother, Jimmy, comes home on leave for the holidays. Scott thinks his mother, Brenda, is a little nuts, but he doesn’t know that his father, Mickey, played by Alec Baldwin, is cheating on her with Melissa, Adrianna’s mother. When Scott finds this out, it turns his world upside down.
Brilliantly acted, LYMELIFE is funny, sad, unnerving, poignant, and sometimes disgusting. That’s pretty much like life, especially if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Though Scott and his family are Catholic, only his mother seems to still believe in that faith. The ending to LYMELIFE has some redemptive moments, especially when it looks like Mickey and Brenda may be able to repair their broken marriage. Otherwise, however, the movie’s Christian content is overshadowed by abundant foul language, two scenes of depicted sex, an ambiguous final scene, and disturbing scenes of family dysfunction. Included in this negative content is a scene where the two teenagers go to bed together. That scene, and the abundant foul language, is excessive. These immoral elements easily could have been fixed, resulting in a much more redemptive, uplifting drama.
Brilliantly acted, LYMELIFE is funny, sad, unnerving, poignant, and sometimes disgusting. The ending to LYMELIFE has some redemptive moments, but they are overshadowed by abundant foul language, two scenes of depicted sex, an ambiguous final scene, and disturbing scenes of family dysfunction.