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The Safety of Objects (2003)

The Safety of Objects (2003)

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Summary

The interwoven stories of four suburban families who are struggling to crawl out from the isolating safety of objects. Once a promising teenaged singer-songwriter, Paul Gold lies in his bedroom in a coma, nursed by his mother, Esther, who in her caregiver role, has unintentionally distanced herself from her husband and her teenage daughter, Julie. Jim Train is a lawyer who has more intimacy with his work than with his wife Susan; in response she chooses to settle into their new life without him. Their son Jake is finding it hard to conceal his burgeoning fantasy relationship with his sister's doll, Tani, the twelve-inch girl he adores. Annette Jennings, once Paul's lover, is in the midst of a messy divorce and is trying to keep herself together while raising her children, Sam and Rayanne, on a shoestring. Helen Christianson, bored by her husband and the banalities of everyday life, looks for something or someone new to inspire her.

Critic Reviews

  • C  

    Chicago Sun-Times ( Roger Ebert) - ...the characters seem trapped in a narrow emotional range. more...

  • B  

    Chicago Tribune ( Robert K. Elder) - ...presented with such confidence, such care, that we love all of the characters, even if we don't like them. more...

  • E! Online ( The film's concluding surprise packs a wallop, but it hardly matters. Because by that time,) - http://www.eonline.com/Reviews/Facts/Movies/Reviews/0,1052,88034,00.html more...

  • B-

    Los Angeles Times ( Kevin Thomas) - ... too much of a good thing. more...

  • C  

    New York Post ( Megan Lehmann) - ...suffers from a case of too many dramas, too little time. more...

  • B  

    New York Times ( A.O. Scott) - The movie is unsettling because it refuses to view its characters from a reassuring, judgmental distance. more...

  • B-

    ReelViews ( James Berardinelli) - Part of me enjoyed The Safety of Objects, but another part of me was dissatisfied. more...

  • D+

    San Francisco Chronicle ( Mick LaSalle) - ...the result is confusion and convolution... more...

  • C+

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ( Paula Nechak) - Outside of its star power, it reeks of indie film and doesn't hold much mainstream steam. more...


The Safety of Objects Box Office

WeekendRank# of TheatersWeekly GrossTotal Gross
April 25-27, 2003 124 3 $2,221 $304,595
May 2-4, 2003 133 2 $1,232 $307,345
May 9-11, 2003 127 3 $1,619 $309,778
May 16-18, 2003 140 3 $1,123 $311,341
May 30-June 1, 2003 125 2 $851 $313,381
June 13-15, 2003 103 3 $3,185 $317,102
June 20-22, 2003 127 1 $102 $319,125

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