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Release Date: August 11th, 2017

PG-13|2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary
Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children's brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family.

Cast: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Sarah Snook, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Dominic Bogart, Shree Crooks

Director: Destin Cretton

Genres: Comedy drama, Biography

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Inspiring, Mother, Sacrifice, Father, Growing up, Daughter, Heartwarming, 2010s, New York City, Love, Emotional, Son

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  • The film never figures out how to merge Jeannette’s younger and older perspectives into one cohesive voice. show more

  • Brie Larson and Destin Daniel Cretton, star and director, respectively, of 2013 festival favourite Short Term 12, re-team for the affecting, if less intense and occasionally meandering drama of The Glass Castle. show more

  • Even while gesturing toward a redemptive sacred altar, a default mode for parenthood in many mainstream movies, the director lets the messy realities stand. And his fine cast makes them ring true — the selfishness and neglect, the confrontations brutal and tender, the pained silences and, not least, the gusts of pure, jagged joy. show more

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