Domestic Disturbance

Released 2001


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Harold Becker
Domestic Disturbance is a suspense-filled drama starring John Travolta and directed by Harold Becker. Danny Morrison (Matt O'Leary) is eleven years old and deeply troubled by the recent divorce of his parents Susan (Teri Polo) and Frank (John Travolta). When Susan announces her engagement to wealthy philanthropist Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughan), Danny is distraught and wants nothing to do with Rick. Danny plans on running away and hides in Rick's trunk, hoping to catch a ride closer to his dad's house. He gets far more than he bargained for when he witnesses Rick killing Ray Coleman (Steve Buscemi). Danny races to tell his father about what he saw, and although Frank believes his son, there's no evidence of the crime and no way to tie Rick to the murder. Danny's troubled past doesn't help - Rick is well-respected, and a pillar of the community, while Danny is known for lying and trouble-making. Frank is the only one who believes the boy's story, and decides to investigate for himself. Investigating Rick is a dangerous occupation, though, and Frank soon finds himself in danger. Will a father's determination be enough ammunition to take down a vicious killer?moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Although decked out with a legitimate star and handsome production carpentry, pic takes no greater interest in creating three-dimensional characters or fleshing out a credible stor...

  • 20

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Jettisoning any ambition toward thrillerhood, Domestic Disturbance becomes a plodding, obvious angry-dad melodrama, ambling toward the final, fatal showdown between parent and usur...

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    So TV-movie-of-the-week that you wonder throughout why you can't use a remote to find a decent ballgame.

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Thrillers, Crime