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The Cider House Rules
A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.
Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?
The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.
The Cider House Rules is a pretty good movie. It's a bit cheesy and the romance subplot feels forced, but it's a heartwarming story nevertheless. The acting by Caine is good, although definitely not Oscar-worthy, not in a year so packed as 1999. The person who surprised me was Tobey Maguire. His performance was really good. The score was really good and really clicked with what was going on on the screen. The scenes at the orphanage(the first half of the movie) were great. When Homer left to see the world, the quality of the movie dropped. There was a forced romance and some underdeveloped characters, but it was still good. An emotional film that deserved a watch.
John Irvings' book The Cider House Rules is beautiful, poignant, and full of charm. One of my favorite books to date, so I have put off watching the film for some time. And rightly so.
What I have discovered is a hollow, watered down depiction of Irvings' fantastic book. Completely lacking its depth, not to mention story, as it was cut down and changed considerably, it comes as a huge letdown. Charm is turned to sap, and the film is devoid of everything that made the book great, with the exception of Michael Caine who is good as always, but whose characters' passion and brilliance is never revealed. In fact,all the characters are so grossly underdeveloped it almost hurts. All the moral themes which are so prevalent in the book are merely glanced at rather than explored, and carry no weight in the film.
"Good night Princes of Maine, Kings of New England."
This lovingly crafted drama is buoyed by good performances, a sweet simple story, and beautiful visuals captured by Lasse Hallstrom. Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron are all skilled actors delivering some of their finest works.
This could have been another "Patch Adams," but the creators use restraint and let solid, old-fashioned filmmaking take charge.
I wanted to see this just because I wanted to see how Caine was in the film since he won the best supporting actor oscar in 2000 beating some people who I think deserved it. Its a pretty good film. The acting (besides Caine's great performance) is ok, not anything special. The film has a good script and some fine filming. Its score is so beautiful and for a film like this, it makes it even better to hear. However, I think the film is trying to make the orphange scenes serious (it does work) but the other scenes not so much which if it were that way this would be higher. Caine I think didn't deserve it but him and the score is what makes this film pretty good.
I would love this movie a whole lot more if I could get past Michael Caine's horrific accent.
As classical a melodrama as it gets. The narrative threads seem so many as to feel like several films pieced together where one would prefer a more coherent whole. That being said, wasn't bored for a bit.
Watched this after re-reading the book last week and wanted to see how they compressed a dense 600 pages in 2 hours (in a script by John Irving). And the answer is by jettisoning everything except the A plot and by removing a lot of that too. I obviously watched this too soon after reading the book - Irving seemed happy with it - but it seems a hollow facsimile of the book. JK Simmons (who plays a major character in the book) turns up, but doesn't say anything.
I have no idea why I like this movie so much... it's just its setting, the characters, the mood... but it's also so overloaded with pathos and schmaltz AND I DON'T CARE. I cry everytime.
Eternally babyfaced Tobey Maguire is an orphan who becomes a reluctant abortionist, then flies the coop and Sees the World, which translates to picking apples, solving black people's problems and gazing adoringly at Charlize Theron's butt. Mixed feelings as always about John Irving's mixture of liberal cynicism and gooey sentimentality; his screenplay pours the latter on heavily, helped along by Rachel Portman's syrupy score. It's interesting to see such a bizarre cast thrown together -- Erykah Badu?! Paul Rudd!? Heavy D?? Kieran Culkin!?!?! Michael Caine with a bad American accent!!!!????? -- but the competent enough film that results is just Miramax Oscar bait blandness, neither here nor there as art or entertainment.
Old-fashioned in tone and style, though not in subject matter. I sort of see why people were so enamored of it ~16 years ago, and why Michael Caine won his Oscar (for coming THAT close to succeeding at using an accent other than his native one, right?)
Beyond that, it's a solidly made and well-written film, but one that certainly bogs down and belabors the point a bit down the stretch. Its charms do go beyond its obvious thematic material, though. Irving's story conjures up a world where darkness and light mix together but where said darkness doesn't quite diminish the humanity of any of his characters (for better and for worse). Sometimes this feels like straining for complexity where…
What is with the love we had in the 90s for these syrupy New England period movies?
I'll give 1 and 1/2 stars for Michael Caine, 1 for all those apples (the Apple is among the noblest of fruits), 1/2 a star for that song from the Pure Michigan commercial, and 1/2 a star in Fuzzy's memory.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Time: ww2. The doctor of an orphanage helps women to give birth and to abort. An orphan helps him, but not with the abortions. He leaves and later comes back. Very good, emotional, movie. The abortion question is discussed, and answered 'pro choice'. The movie 'Wuthering Heights' is mentioned.
John Irving knows how to make me sappy.
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