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USA 1998, 140 minutes
Dir. Todd Solondz
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Drama / Controversy, Independent, Black Comedy


Aroview: Controversial is the byword for this disturbing trawl through the sad-case lives of various American suburbanites and their families (Lara Flynn Boyle, Dylan Baker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman among them), one that consistently pulls the rug out from under your sympathies. Dir. Solondz's previous film, the black comedy WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, will hardly prepare you for the swathe of crippled emotions, petty pleasures and paedophilia being dissected here for our entertainment (or more tellingly, for our education?) Many have gagged on the cruel humour; equally many acclaimed it as groundbreaking and necessarily extreme.

NZ International Film Festival 1999

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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