Darkly comic dramedy is frequently depressing, but ultimately uplifting and affecting.
The Savages is a tragic story of love, death, and family that's rough around the edges but comic and heartfelt at it's core. While not everyone will enjoy this darkly comic tale, those who will certainly will take it to heart and will be inspired! Kids and teenagers won't likely be interested in the lives of middle-aged siblings, bonding while taking care of their dementia-stricken, abusive father. Also, the content isn't particularly family-friendly. Content issues include:
- Two or three sex scenes with some graphic movement._______________
- -Course language ( Something like 7 uses of f--k and occasional uses of s--t and other profanities).__________________________________________
- -Some sexually explicit dialog (including a vulgar use of c--k).__________
- -Stealing of drugs and pill popping._________________________________
- -Mature themes involving death, dementia, racism, etc.________________
What also makes The Savages for mature audiences is some dark humor, specifically aimed at old people, but usually not in an offensive way. The main character is involved in an affair with an older man. It is implied that their father was abusive toward his kids. It should be noted that a lot of the movie is focused on victims of dementia.
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The ending ends on a down-beat note, but the very last scene brings hope and could even be uplifting. Eventually, Philip Bosco's character dies suddenly after being rushed to the hospital. Soon after this Laura Linney's character writes her first screenplay and Hoffman's character goes on to marry his Swedish girlfriend. Linney ultimately breaks up with her married lover, and adopts his dog that she loves, who would have been but to sleep due to old age. This shows us that life is worth fighting for, no matter how old or no matter what they might have done in the past to you.
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This ending settles nicely with the rest of the movie, and kind of gives it a neat finishing touch. It shows us that life is worth the fight no matter what. This, mixed with its relatively thin premise, somehow stretches to nearly the length of two-hours without barely breaking a sweat.
Altogether, The Savages is a heartfelt, moving movie that is excellent for adult audiences. Older teenagers who are oddly interested in viewing The Savages should probably do so with caution, not only to be aware of the mature themes but also of the sex, language, and adult situations. The Savages is toward the top of the line when it comes to dark humor and drama, however, to truly enjoy it you have to appreciate it's style.