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Digging for Fire

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Strong performances drive thoughtful, mature marital drama.

Movie R 2015 85 minutes
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Featuring his cast of regulars and an intriguing central plot point, Swanberg's latest relationship story is well acted, if not particularly memorable. Swanberg and Johnson have collaborated before, as has most of the ensemble cast, who are somewhat of a troop for the Chicago-based filmmaker. DeWitt and Johnson are achingly authentic as a couple old enough to be married with a kid but young enough to have friends who are still living the hook-up-and-get-wasted lifestyle.

Once Tim and Lee part ways for some separate time (he stays in the bungalow to take care of family business, while she heads to her wealthy mom and stepdad's, played perfectly by Light and Sam Elliott), the stories divide, but Tim's gets the lion's share of screen time. While he has all of his friends (Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, etc.) digging for clues, Lee is busy debating her well-heeled mother about not sending Jude to a fancy preschool and then heads out for a much-needed night alone on the town, where she meets a handsome pub-goer (Orlando Bloom). How Tim and Lee comport themselves apart is fascinating, and it's ultimately the leads' performances that make this drama shine just enough to keep you interested, if not enough to make this a must-see.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 21, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: November 3, 2015
  • Cast: Jake Johnson , Rosemarie DeWitt , Brie Larson
  • Director: Joe Swanberg
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: The Orchard
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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