Better Living

on August 04, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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This dark comedy that's long on dark and short on comedy finds a dysfunctional household in which sex is openly encouraged, the mother (Olympia Dukakis) is on a personal mission to jackhammer her way through the basement wall to create a room for an unknown purpose and her estranged husband (Roy Scheider) returns after a 15-year absence with a hidden agenda of his own. Things get more intense when his three daughters, one of whom he has never met, confront him about both facts and rumors concerning his past actions. Eventually, everyone learns to cope with hatred, love and forgiveness. Having endured a bombardment of confusion with little payoff, the audience may not be as quick to forgive. Starring Olympia Dukakis, Roy Scheider, Deborah Hedwall, Catherine Corpeny and Wendy Hoopes. Directed and written by Max Mayer. Produced by Ron Kastner and Lemore Syvan. A Cowboy release. Comedy. Unrated. Running time: 95 min.
Tags: Olympia Dukakis, Roy Scheider, Deborah Hedwall, Catherine Corpeny, Wendy Hoopes, Directed and written by Max Mayer, Produced by Ron Kastner, Lemore Syvan, A Cowboy release, Comedy, basement, dysfunctional, jackhammer, rumors
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