American Pastoral

American Pastoral

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to an ex-beauty queen, Dawn. When Swede and Dawn's daughter disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede's perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD
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scatdiane
Sep 17, 2017

I read the novel just before I watched the movie and was upset by the movie, how they distorted the point of it. In the novel, Roth shows the complexity and humanity of all the characters. The movie starts out well and some scenes seem true to the point of the story, like when Merry, the daughter is upset by the Buddhist monks immolating themselves.
But by the end the director or producers have switched to cliche' mode, pitting the SIDES against each other to no good purpose, the father being just a helpless victim of outside events and the daughter seen as just a monster, with no reason for any of it.

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firefly5
Sep 12, 2017

This is one of the worst films I have watched. I kept on waiting for a point to this story and there was none. Although I did fast fwd. a few times, maybe I missed it. The acting was terrible as well as the story. All I saw was a family, apparently the parents were in love with each other, and a teenaged girl with a potty mouth, no respect for her parents or anyone else for that matter, a very misguided therapist who attempted to help the girl with a stuttering problem and did not listen to the concerns of the parents. This was a waste of time.

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maipenrai
Sep 10, 2017

I wanted to like this film, but it was so dark and seemingly pointless that I became more and more disengaged. A golden boy who loves his daughter loses her to her own acts of violence. The beloved daughter stutters so that she does not hurt the air???? "Pastoral" is hardly the word to choose to describe this story. American Despair might have been better. I tried to find the message behind all the pain, but all I could find was that early success does not guarantee that a life will continue to be blessed and happy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 12, 2017

While the name of the radical group that was at the center of the story was not mentioned, I suspect that it may be the Weather Underground or The Black Liberation Army. Upon that premise, I gave the film a better rating than most critics as I lived in the mid-west city that had some of the most famous people from the Weather Underground, so I understand that part of the anti-war anti-racism movement. I felt that these two rather violent groups made it more dangerous for peaceful groups to co-exist. Even today, people often incorrectly characterize groups that merely were participating in democracy as being violent.

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dklivesey
Jul 25, 2017

Ugh. This movie was hard to watch mainly due to its stereotypical, one dimensional portrayal of women, as either unhinged, cold, saints or whores. There is also a nonsensical sex scene, which appears, most likely, for the male viewing audience.

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hammer59
Mar 20, 2017

The writer Philip Roth won a Pulitzer for the novel this film is based upon. It is darkly interesting and unique, and well worth a watch....but not nearly as original or brilliant as "The Human Stain" which Roth also wrote.

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