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The Ice Storm (1997)

Cast: Kevin Kline, Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, more...
Director: Ang Lee, Ang Lee
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are calm and civil on the outside, but whose lives are quietly falling into chaos. Sixteen-year-old Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) is home for the holidays from prep school; he'd just as soon have stayed at school, given the usual level of tension around the house and his desire to win the affections of Casey (Katie Holmes), a girl living in Manhattan. His 14-year-old sister, Wendy (Christina Ricci), is already a hardened cynic obsessed with the ongoing Watergate investigation, and she has begun acting out sexually with a neighbor boy, Mikey (Elijah Wood). Apparently, this runs in the family: Wendy's father, Ben (Kevin Kline), is having an affair with Mikey's mother, Janey (Sigourney Weaver), though Ben sees a future in the relationship and Janey does not. Elena (Joan Allen), Ben's wife, knows something is wrong with her marriage and her life, but she has no idea what she should do about it. As the teenagers surreptitiously experiment with drugs and alcohol, and the adults drift into mate-swapping, a dangerous blanket of freezing rain begins to cover New Canaan. The Ice Storm was adapted from the acclaimed novel by Rick Moody. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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rubbish by kinaidos March 13, 2006 - 1:38 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
If you can get over the pretentious and leaden dialogue there is a bit of decent acting, but only decent. Unfortunately the actors don't click very well, and given that this is an ensemble piece, that's, well, a problem.
The directing is uninspired much like the directing in Brokeback Mountain.
If a dully acted film featuring prepubescent sexuality, mild marital frustrations, frivolous banter about existentialism, and angst so low key it would make a Russian basso cringe with envy, then perhaps this is your film. Unfortunately all of the above just makes me hate these people, and after 30 minutes I wanted them to just go away.

The master director... by Emomovieluver April 20, 2003 - 10:41 PM PDT
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
There's is simply no genre that auture director Ang Lee cannot tackle and master with a sure hand. From chop socky actioneers to comic book heroes (is there any doubt that "The Hulk is gonna kick ass!!!) to period pieces and contemporary drama, Lee is da man!!! Of course, having a fabulous team of diverse acting talent ranging from practically all ages helps. Admittedly, some of the younger characters actions might seem a bit outlandish for it's time period (the movie is set in the 70's) but "Ice Storm" works as a captivating character piece with a few hilarious moments and some wonderous ice/snow shots.

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