The Safety of Objects
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Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther (Glenn Close), who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie (Jessica Campbell). Meanwhile, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan (Moira Kelly). Their son Jake has taken a morbid fascination with his sister's foot-high girl doll. At the same… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"In boldly departing from the safety of a strong, unifying plot, Troche makes virtual objects of her characters by showing us plenty that intrigues and not enough that enlightens."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"mechanical film school exercise"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Troche has created a truly moving film, upsetting and uplifting in equal measure."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"The time required to introduce more than a dozen major characters eats into the two-hour film, leaving precious few minutes for development."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Though well-acted, Troche's third film, an adaptation of short stories, is a minor addition of a fractured, ensemble narrative to the overly populated genre of suburban malaise and anomie in the wake of the success of Mendes' Oscar-winner American Beauty"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...there's a lot worth recommending about the film."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A fairly deft sewing job of short stories by A.M. Homes."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A deftly made and poignant character study that deals with life's heartaches and its tender mercies."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Four neighboring families, seven stories, one secret - one great movie."
‑ Oz,
"Simply put, there's too much going on, and too many fragile, damaged characters to fret appropriately over."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"The effectiveness of The Safety of Objects and all such 'burb-angst weepies comes down to how far viewers will go toward feeling empathetic, or even sympathetic, rather than resentful toward such self-absorbed and self-loathing characters."
‑ Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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