The Playroom

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One Mind Productions, Circle of Confusion, Ten96 Films Released 2013

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Director:
Julia Dyer
Released:
2013
Rating:
Not rated
The grownups are acting like children and the kids have to grow up fast in THE PLAYROOM, an unnerving family drama that captures the exhilaration and perversity of the freewheeling '70s. John Hawkes and Molly Parker star as Martin and Donna Cantwell, a flawed suburban couple trying to navigate the sexual revolution, with the help of a neighboring couple and a bottle of scotch. The story unfolds through the eyes of the four Cantwell children.

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  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    A rare example of a grown-up story compellingly told from the perspective of children, The Playroom is a modest gem.

  • 60

    Time Out New York Joshua Rothkopf

    The precedent for a movie like this is Ang Lee's bruised "The Ice Storm," but whereas that film sprung from a novel that burns with indictment, Julia Dyer's effort — scripted by ...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama.

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