Movie Review: The Squid and the Whale

Language: English
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney

A good, but disturbing film on how two boys deal with their parents’ divorce. The younger son is closer to mom while the elder adores his Dad and really looks up to him. The negative impact (to put it lightly) the divorce has on the kids is believable but highly disturbing. The couple and the two sons have all put in great performances.

The movie is fairly short — an hour and a half — and fast paced. The professional side of the Mom’s character could have been explored some more. There was very little about what she does professionally and suddenly she ends up with a plum book contract! This part I thought was pretty weak. Overall a watchable film for sure (especially if you have kids!). The movie was released a couple of years back.

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