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Before the wedding is over, Danny starts telling Frank stories about Rick Barnes - stories that become increasingly troubling as time goes on. Frank is torn between refusing to believe his son, whose reputation for telling the truth has always been spotty, and considering the awful possibility that Barnes might be an altogether different than he appears.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 GD's, 7 S-words. A few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: A few sexual references using the word "sc-ewing." VIOLENCE: Some fights and a killing. Nothing too graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking only. ACTION: No real action to speak of, except for the fights and killing. COMEDY: A decent number of smiles and chuckles to break the tension.
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Review Very Good "Every signifier in this quintessentially American
domestic thriller is in satisfying running order. Every component fits snugly
into a code crackable by an audience primed for the well-manufactured and
Review Below Average "The physical details are so unlikely they seem
contrived even in a thriller. All leads up to a final confrontation so badly
choreographed that I was not the least bit surprised when the studio called to
say the Chicago critics had seen "the wrong last reel," and would we
like to see the correct reel on Monday? I agreed eagerly, expecting revised
footage--but, no, the only problem was, the earlier reel was lacking the final
Review Below Average "There's nothing wrong and a lot that's right with a
movie melodrama running under 90 minutes, but Disturbance scuttles every
bit of connective narrative tissue that would permit its characters to make any
sense. Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though
there won't be that many after Weekend 1.''
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Review Below Average "Screenwriter Lewis Colick's solution to delivering
the baddie his richly deserved comeuppance without morally tarnishing the good
guy is as clever as it is craven, and the film's subtexts are profoundly
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some pretty high opinions, a bit better than I thought they would be. The somewhat low number of "fantastic" opinions show this isn't a movie very many loved and the opinions of "good" and "fair" shows some didn't care much for it.
Neither age or gender made much difference in the opinions. The majority indicated that they would recommend this movie to friends, which says a lot, and that the movie was better than they had expected.
"Domestic Disturbance" is an above average movie that most will enjoy very much.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Not one of Travolta's best movies. It's good, but certainly not great. I predict it will get average to below average opinions from most moviegoers. If you skip this one now be sure to catch it on video later. It's certainly worth a rental.
Frank Morrison wants what's best for his son. Since he and his wife Susan
(Teri Polo) divorced a few years ago, their son has been rebellious and troubled,
with a history of lying. But Frank and Susan love Danny
dearly; they understand that beneath his defiant exterior lies an eleven year
old boy who needs compassion, understanding and good parenting. For his sake,
and with the mutual regard they still share, Frank and Susan have tried to be
the best parents possible.
Now everything is changing. Susan has found someone new; she's about to
become Mrs. Rick Barnes. A newcomer in town, Barnes
has already made his mark as a wealthy philanthropist. He'll be able to give
Danny things that Frank, a boatbuilder, simply can't. Struggling with jealousy,
Frank has to admit that two parents at home might be just what Danny needs.
Before the wedding is over, Danny starts telling Frank stories about Rick
Barnes - stories that become increas ingly troubling as time goes on. Frank is
torn between refusing to believe his son, whose reputation for telling the truth
has always been spotty, and considering the awful possibility that Barnes might
be an altogether different than he appears.
When Danny tells his dad about a murder, Frank's sheer instinct must
determine what's true and what isn't. As events first support and then
contradict Danny's desperate stories, Frank realizes time is running out: his
ability to see the truth may hold his son's life in the balance.