The Safety of Objects
The Safety of Objects (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
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Consensus: The large cast of characters and scripting are too unwieldy, and the suburban angst theme feels tired.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to.

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Vic Vogler
Denver Post

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

mechanical film school exercise

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Globe and Mail

It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative.

Emanuel Levy

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

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

A deftly made and poignant character study that deals with life's heartaches and its tender mercies.

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Four neighboring families, seven stories, one secret - one great movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Saw this sometime ago and really enjoyed it, so was glad to see it going really cheap on Amazon. The rewatch was just as good. Great cast including a very… More
Megan S
So I bought this movie as an impulse buy at hollywood video for $5. it was actually really good. and the way that they did the opening credits was really… More
What an odd movie.. I liked it and I really don't know why.. these neighbors are as screwed up as the next.. they are like one big disfunctioal family… More
Leigh Ryan
Odd, yet very likeable film.