Sometimes everything about life can seem overwhelmingly suffocating. Thats precisely what the brother and sister duo played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney find themselves in when they get a call saying that their father has started scribbling on the walls with his own shit. Dysfunctional personal lives slowly get dragged into a bigger, dysfunctional family situation. Funny in most parts, 'The Savages' is 2 hours well spent. Thanks certainly to the fantastic P S Hoffman and very capable Laura Linney (who usually grates with her acting - or is it just her consistent choice of roles?).
Rating: * * * +