All is not right in suburbia. Laney Brooks, a wife and mother on the edge, has stopped taking her meds, substituting recreational drugs and the wrong men. With the destruction of her family looming, Laney makes a last, desperate attempt at redemption.
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Salky's second feature benefits from a career best performance by Sarah Silverman and strong visual appeal. Where it lacks is in the scripting which offers nothing in terms of originality or novelty. Silverman excels as a dissatisfied wife/mother lost in a haze of self abuse and Josh Charles is equally affecting as the husband valiantly trying to cope. Worth a watch.
The MUBI description "all is not right in suburbia" makes this sound more conventional than it is, and in the wrong ways. But the ways in which it's not.... Well, there are no "new" stories under the sun, and this one is less new than most. The filmmaking is much too timid. But when it bares itself and gives itself space, you see traces -- small, shattering, complex hints -- of A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
Pedestrian filmmaking and a lack of focus mar this effort. Is it a film about depression or addiction? Choose one or both and blend them more effectively. The ending is a real gut-punch and Sarah Silverman is pretty stupendous, but these alone can't save this middling work.
Sarah Silverman's raw performance as a drug addled mother coming undone is what holds this movie together. It is a brief look at how addiction and mental illness can destroy an individual and their family. It's short runtime allows for only a shallow dissection of Silverman's character. But her surprising yet genuine acting, very different fro her usual roles, is the true achievement.