Bosco has few lines, but deserves accolades for his portrayal of the man who had little to do with his kids in life, but who is now wholly dependent upon them in death.  Friedman avoids clichés as the married man who knows he’s wrong, but who isn’t afraid to tell Wendy that she is, too—even though he hopes they can still keep being wrong.

There’s redemption here, but it’s found in the kind of lackluster self-fulfillment which put this brother and sister in purgatory to begin with.  They need love.  They need hope.  They need community.  But they find none and unfortunately (brief spoiler), getting published, as any author will tell you, just isn’t even remotely what it’s cracked up to be.  So ultimately, what The Savages offers is a portrait of where no one wants to go, yet where so many people are.  If ever there was a reason to share the gospel, this is it.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Director’s snapshots
  • “About the Savages” featurette
  • Extended scene

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several scenes.
  • Language/Profanity:  Multiple obscenities and profanities, some strong, as well as some crude sexual references.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Characters discuss lovemaking in explicit, often crude terms; several sexual scenes in bed (no nudity); a married man has an affair with an unmarried woman; an elderly man accidentally drops his pants, revealing his undergarments (from behind); an attendant undresses an elderly man.
  • Violence:  None.