FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

When Did You Last See Your Father?

Much more than a Lifetime Movie for Men
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 11, 2008
3.0 3.0 Stars
whendidyouinside.jpg

Based on the acclaimed memoir by English poet and critic Blake Morrison, WDYLSYF is supposed to be about the mid-life angst of a man (Colin Firth) who feels “cheated” by his terminally ill father (Jim Broadbent). But a subtle performance by Broadbent, who is selfish, kind, deluded, and charming all at once, makes this thoughtful film much more than a Lifetime Movie for Men. In flashbacks, a teenage Blake (Matthew Beard) grapples with his dad’s extramarital affair, which prevents him, years later, from seeing his father “in the fullness of his being.” Respecting the tone of the memoir, director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl) slows down the proceedings by including some scenes better left in the book, but his focus on compromise and memory over pre-fab, end-of-life resolutions is realistic and powerful. Fans of British film will recognize some favorites (Gina McKee?) in the supporting cast. 92 Minutes | Kendall Square

  Topics: Reviews , Media, Books, Colin Firth,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY CHRIS WANGLER
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE  |  April 21, 2009
    Chinese triads. Corey Haim. Porn actors on strike. REO Speedwagon. Yes, the creators of this nearly unwatchable sequel will use anything to achieve their twisted goal: to shock ADHD teenagers.
  •   REVIEW: SUNSHINE CLEANING  |  March 18, 2009
    What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
  •   REVIEW: PUSH  |  February 11, 2009
    Teens with special powers? A government conspiracy?
  •   REVIEW: CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA  |  January 13, 2009
    Director Nikhil Advani's quirky Chinese-Indian collaboration is the widest release ever of a Bollywood film, and the first ever kung fu Bollywood comedy.
  •   CADILLAC RECORDS  |  December 12, 2008
    Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself

 See all articles by: CHRIS WANGLER