• The Savages (2007)

The Savages

Release Date: November 30th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2008

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Wendy Savage (Laura Linney), a struggling playwright, has little to do with her brother, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a college professor and author. However, the siblings must find a way to work together when their father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), slides into senility and must be placed in a nursing home.

Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, Gbenga Akinnagbe, David Zayas, Cara Seymour, Tonye Patano

Director: Tamara Jenkins

Genres: Comedy drama , Drama

Production Co: This Is That Productions

Keywords: Brother, Father, Death, Emotional, Family, Amusing, Sister, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Both Linney and Hoffman are so specific in creating these characters that we see them as people, not elements in a plot. Hoffman in particular shows how many disguises he has within his seemingly immutable presence; would you know it is the same actor here and in two other films this season, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and "Charlie Wilson's War"? show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    It is more sad-funny than funny-funny, but Jenkins has enough empathy and wit to realize that even the sad parts are, somehow, funny. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)