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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

Cast: David Rigby, David Rigby, Peter Cox, more...
Director: Tony Richardson, Tony Richardson
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Black Comedy, Coming of Age , Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
This macabre, whimsical, erotic, dark, seriocomic film is a complex tale about an eccentric family and the psychological and emotional maelstroms that follow them around from New England to New York to Vienna, where the Hotel New Hampshire is located. Writer-director Tony Richardson worked from the convoluted novel by John Irving that covers most universally saleable topics -- homosexuality, death, incest, abandonment, Nazis, masochism, terrorists, rape, mental instability, and anarchists. The children in the family are the main focus: John (Rob Lowe) is a womanizing high-school student with a deep-rooted desire for his own sister; Franny (Jodie Foster) is the eldest daughter, a victim of a gang rape, now morbidly fascinated by one of the rapists, and equally attracted to her brother with incestuous desire; Frank (Paul McCrane) is the younger gay brother; and Lilly (Jennifer Dundas) is the little sister who blossoms into a famous author. Associated with the family is Suzie the Bear (Nastassja Kinski) who is not secure enough to come out of her bear suit. One friend of the family, Freud (Wallace Shawn), has been blinded by the Nazis and is running the Hotel New Hampshire in Vienna when he asks everyone to come and help him out. By this time, the plot has run out of room, and the climactic endings to several unresolved relationships happen in quick succession. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

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Growing up with adult themes by hneline1 March 19, 2002 - 10:01 AM PST
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I had always wanted to see this movie because I remember the clips of Natassia Kinski in a bear suit and thought it must be a wacky comedy. Well, it's a funny comedy, but a very provocative one. I don't recommend it for youngsters unless you want them to find out about bed hopping, sibling attraction, rape, although none of that is graphic and there is no revealing nudity. That being said, it's a very well-done film with excellent acting, excellent characters, great plot twists that reflect what could happen in the real world. Despite the adult themes, there is a happy ending with hope and reinforces the strength of love within family.




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