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?
I saw this for the first time about a week ago. I found myself struggling to make it to the end of this, there were so many things right about the movie: michael caine's brilliance, charlize theron's naked body...
I never read the book but it seems like they did a good job adapting it? The most irritating part of the movie was definitely the score, that classic score of every dramatic film of the time, and I just loathed every note. I'm also pretty opposed to almost all things Tobey Maguire.
Overall the movie is watchable, but barely.
It's really redeemed by getting to watch Michael Caine sink into an amazing ether high every 20 minutes and some solid cameos, most notably a young Paul Rudd playing a pilot in WWII and Charlize Theron's husband.
What do you get when one of today's most sentimental authors, John Irving, teams up with one of today's most sentimental directors, Lasse Hallström?
Sentimentality. This should come as no surprise, either.
I found myself thinking of the film as a cross between Forrest Gump and Fried Green Tomatoes, at least that should give you a hint of how it plays out. Happy orphans? Come on. Oscar for best writing? Oh, please...
Michael Caine gets my two stars.
Another movie that's taken me forever to see. Michael Caine was good. My only problem was that it was just weird watching Toby Miguire. Especially scenes with him and Therone. They just didn't feel right together.
It was very lovely --- still hurts good to think about it.
Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine and Charlize Theron head an impressive cast in this drama about a young man experiencing the realities of life and love outside the orphanage in which he was brought up. The biggest problem I had with The Cider House Rules was the heavy pro-abortion propaganda running throughout the film. Abortion is portrayed as a compassionate alternative to adoption, and the film never allows for the argument in favour of the sanctity of life. This is my personal view, and abortion as a necessary evil might sit more comfortably with others. The acting is consistently good throughout; Michael Caine's American accent needs to be polished up but it didn't stop him from winning his second Academy Award…
A sweet, old-fashioned film. Michael Caine's performance is the true highlight but the rest of the cast does a fine job.
The Cider House Rules is a lovely and easy-going drama. I watched this with very little knowledge of the film, and came away quite moved. What starts off as a very simple and heart-felt story of an orphanage turns into quite a serious drama about adultery, incest, and abortion. It's not hard-hitting enough to have any real impact on the audience, as it's easy to find yourself invested in the affair and not a lot else, but I like that the story had quite a depth to it. I've not read the book but I imagine it to be quite a decent adaptation, with one of the best qualities being its cast - I surprisingly enjoyed Tobey Maguire's lead, though…
Strong cast with some fine performances from the lead of Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theronand Michael Caine, in this drama from director Lasse Hallström. It's a very simple story bringing home some good felt strong emotions and throughout looks just gorgeous. Recommended!
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