Fierce People

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Actors: Anton Yelchin - Diane Lane - Donald Sutherland - Elizabeth Perkins - Kristen Stewart. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 112 Minutes. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 2006.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 206461041
UPC 031398196372
UPC 14 00031398196372
Format DVD
Release Date 8/12/2008
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Lane,Diane
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Cast & Crew
Allyson C. Johnson - Editor
Diane Lane - Actor
Dirk Wittenborn - Writer
Donald Sutherland - Actor
Elizabeth Perkins - Actor
Griffin Dunne - Director
Griffin Dunne - Producer
Kristen Stewart - Actor
Mark Ricker - Production Designer
Michael Paseornek - Executive Producer
Nick Laird-Clowes - Original Music By
William Heslup - Art Director
William Rexer - Cinematographer
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Review Fierce People starts out as a satire-tinged, jocular drama that undergoes a jarring shift in tone to the dark side. While the film successfully makes light of such subjects as drug addiction and coma victims during its first half, the event that occurs around the mid-point is so grim that Dirk Wittenborn's screenplay simply closes down the humor and lets the film progress in a more sober fashion. In a way, it's a shame, because Fierce People is a lot of fun during its first hour; the final 45 minutes aren't as enjoyable...With this role, Diane Lane has graduated from love interest and leading lady to "mother." Despite having top billing, this is a supporting role and her romantic subplot is as tepid and forgettable as they come...The story for Fierce People relies a little too much on plot contrivances, but that doesn't become apparent until after the end credits have rolled. The film is worthwhile primarily for the fun, breezy first hour. After that, it's a case of watching to find out how things turn out. Director Griffin Dunne obviously has a liking for movies that combine light and dark - his directorial debut was the sometimes uncomfortable Meg Ryan/Matthew Broderick rom-com, Addicted to Love - but his handling of the dramatic tone shifts in Fierce People is a little unsure. Overall, it's an enjoyable effort, but not a positive triumph.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review Shallow and hackneyed, this coming-of-age narrative/would-be social satire about a lower middle-class teenager spending a pivotal summer among rich blue bloods is a dull trudge through overly familiar literary territory that has all the depth and bite of a fawning Town and Country profile of America's old money families...Drawing the class distinctions between Finn and the Osborne social set with all the subtlety of a brick through a window, Fierce People feels like it's been clumsily stitched together with little regard for tone or dramatic credibility, i.e. Lane's cokehead mother gets sober in a flash. Stock characters abound, from Perkins' brittle, disaffected socialite (a dry run for her role in Weeds) to the retarded Osborne cousin who only exists to be the deus ex machine for the narrative's baldly contrived and melodramatic denouement. Nor does Fierce People provide any fresh insight into the social order and etiquette of the rich (Wittenborn is no Edith Wharton or F. Scott Fitzgerald). The analogies drawn between the Ishkanani and the Osborne social circle come off as insufferably precious, rather than thoughtful. Whether it's old or new, don't waste your money on Fierce People.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Lane,Diane
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
John Black, Boston Now ...a masterpiece.
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