Surrender, Dorothy

5.51 h 26 min2006X-Ray13+
When her daughter Sara (Davalos) unexpectedly passes away, Natalie (Keaton) retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Charles McDougall
Diane KeatonTom Everett ScottAlexa Davalos
English [CC]
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Lauren GermanJosh HopkinsChris PinePeter RiegertLeonard StoneRace Owen
Lisa ZupanDiana Kerew
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3.8 out of 5 stars

77 global ratings

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Wendy J.Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Too much, too disjointed, not overly realistic . . . .
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The main description on Smile.Amazon is totally inaccurate/misleading ('friends fail to attend funeral' - more like, Mother failed to allow them); Important because that was the intrigue that made me watch the movie. This was like a year's worth of soap operas in about an hour, just too much. Some areas started to draw you in, but then went off in a totally different direction; it was just completely unrealistic. Some of the characters just seemed unlikeable, so why were others so devoted to them - just didn't make sense. Renting a house that looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years - what??? But they allegedly rented this same house every year, did I get that right??? And some woman with cats lived there the rest of the time - ??? Bottom line, I'm sorry I didn't watch a better movie . . . or maybe clean my kitchen or something . . . .
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Eme522Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Acting wasn't all there to make this a well done movie
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As tragic as this movie was, I didn't care for Diane Keaton's acting. She either comes across in most of her movies as too ditzy or she acts over-the-top dramatic and I have seen many of her movies and this is another one where she takes her acting.
She overacts her part in many films like this one. The movie didn't make it feel like such a tragedy as others I have seen with a loss of a child. The rest of the cast was decent enough. But to me, the acting has to be really great to feel the emotions that they are all going through. This movie didn't quite get there.
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Hope GoldsmithReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
We’re Not In Kansas Anymore
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I’m just a movie goer who appreciates the work it takes to actually make a movie. The subject matter is the death of a child and wanting to keep that child alive through the people who knew her. It’s a complicated subject matter. As a mother myself, I think this movie was compelling and quite sensitive. I doubt anyone who hasn’t experienced that loss could possibly know how one would react. I applaud the film and choose not to over analyze the characters. It was heartbreaking yet there were comedic moments. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Baa Baa Black SheepReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't watch it the whole way through
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I love Diane Keaton and that's what drew me to the movie. In a nutshell, the plot centers around the tragic loss of a young woman and all the VERY screwed up people in her life. I made it to approx. 40 minutes and couldn't be bothered finishing it and/or wasting anymore of my time. It seemed to jump from one ridiculous situation to another. The characters were all disgusting as individuals, in my opinion, and not people I'd waste my time with in 'real' life so why let them waste my actual precious time.
JWReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some poignant moments in this film but mostly about a beautiful, narcissistic daughter's death.
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Diane Keaton was in her typical personality role; very astute into other people, but domineering in her relationships with them. It was so sad that even from the start of the film; it was so predictable the narcissistic daughter would destroy herself and anyone who had the misfortune to be in the car with her; an accident just waiting to happen. Obviously the apple didn't fall far from the tree in this.
Zi LoReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
very bad, dated, ponderous movie
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I stuck with this to the end because the cast should be a high quality endeavor-- chris pine, tom everett scott, diane keaton-- at least a professional workmanlike movie should have resulted.
it's very old and it seems even older than it is--it's aged badly, the chris pine/scott relationship is AWFUL, but even leaving that aside, it's just a slick and superficial movie attempting to be deep. It's not even at the level of pretentious--it' s basically a made for TV soap. the writing is terrible, none of the philosophizing makes any sense, none of the relationships make any sense, no one seems like a real person. chris pine looks pretty but he cant play gay to save his life.
tom everett scott does the best, working against a trite script and an annoying character, but he manages to find a few moment of good acting in there.
rickshayneReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not good. Not good. Probably made with the best of intentions but the result is lackluster
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I don't understand how a talented actress like Diane Keaton manages to end up in dire movies like this one.
To be honest, I had no idea this movie even existed until amazon suggested it while I was browsing something. I love Diane Keaton and this cost 5 bucks, the storyline sounded really interested so I bought it.

The movie was probably made on a shoe-string budget and it shows. The image quality is bad, it's VHS-bad. The story, the dialogue, the situations, are often cringe-worthy and they are almost uncomfortable to watch. Not "Nicole Hofcener" realistic hard to watch, but really, like, wtf? This is the classic movie where so many times you ask yourself "why don't they....???"
I don't know what to say to prospective buyers. Even the presence of favorite actors like Keaton, Josh Hopkins, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Pine! I mean, man-candy galore. Still doesn't really help.

There are two commentary tracks, surprisingly, one with Diane Keaton herself. She must really care about this movie, I'm kind of curious to hear what kind of commentary it is. Actually, not curious enough, for this movie. I'll leave it.
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The Real CieReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Insufferable characters
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The problem is every single character in this movie is self-serving and insufferable, making it impossible to care about them.
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