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Lymelife
<em>Lymelife</em> touches on all the timeworn themes of suburban discontent, but fine acting by Alec Baldwin and Kieran and Rory Culkin saves the film.
D

irected by Derick Martini
(R)

**

A slice of Long Island, N.Y., life in the late 1970s

“There’s nothing new under the suburban sun of Derick Martini’s Lymelife,” said Scott Foundas in The Village Voice. The Long Island, N.Y., native and his brother Steven wrote about what they knew for their first feature, a black comedy set in 1979. The film attempts to do for “beer-and-pretzels Long Island what Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm did for tony, key-party Connecticut,” but the brothers don’t have the writing chops to make their story distinctive. Suburban dystopia has been done so many times that one has to wonder if “there’s anything left to be said on the subject,” said Manohla Dargi.s in The New York Times. Lymelife’s script touches on all the timeworn themes: sibling rivalry, teen angst, and middle-class ennui. Only superb, perfectly in-sync casting saves the film, said Rob Nelson in Variety. Kieran and Rory Culkin, playing brothers, capture the emotions of a resentful firstborn and an insecure teen. As their father, Alec Baldwin once again makes playing a jerk look easy—and, in the process, he sporadically makes Lymelife seem better than it really is.

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