Better Housekeeping

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Released 2000

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Better Housekeeping

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Director:
Frank Novak
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Down-and-out spouses Don (Bob Mills) and Donatella (Petra Westen) are locked in the middle of a bitter divorce, with their son, Don Jr. (Andrew Eichner), caught between his highly eccentric parents. Don is an obsessive toy collector, and Donatella works in construction. The odd characters that visit their chaotic Hollywood, Calif., home include her slacker brother, Chuck (Zia). Can Don and Donatella sort out their issues and move on with their lives, or will tensions keep escalating?

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  • 90

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Plunges far beneath Todd Solondz's territory and enters the suburbs of John Waters' universe in its fascination for people who live without benefit of education, taste, standards, ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    As broad and cartoonish as the screenplay is, there is an accuracy of observation in the work of the director, Frank Novak, that keeps the film grounded in an undeniable social rea...

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