6.81 h 44 min2019PG-13
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggles after his father temporarily abandons them.
Paul Dano
Carey MulliganEd OxenbouldBill Camp
English [CC]
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Jake Gyllenhaal
Paul DanoAndrew DuncanAlex SaksOren MovermanAnn RuarkJake GyllenhaalRiva Marker
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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MBReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do not miss this gem
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No clue about the reviewers who gave it one or two starts. Obviously they do not like movies? Or movies with substance that are character studies? The acting is flawless, a true tour de force. The characters are real. Mulligan's pain and desperation is painful and the son is a brilliant actor, wow. The story is powerful, at times very dramatic, but mostly subdued panic, true insight into marriage, what cannot be said, and the tragedy that is adolescence. Much like On Chesil Beach, this is a genius movie, for movie lovers.
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mcReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What can I really say?
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Wildlife is a painfully honest account of dealing with (and consequently being in the middle of) your parents failing marriage/relationship. It brought back a lot of memories. I'm an adult now and I mean we are all human, including our parents, everyone just trying to do the best they can to make it in this life. I think it's good to realize your parents aren't infallible sooner rather than later. Another thing I related with was that the boy (from what I can remember) didn't act out that much like most kids in movies of parents separating. Not that that's not acceptable or anything it's just I didn't do that. I didn't want to do anything to make things worse. I'm not great at writing film reviews and I wouldn't really call this one but this was a lovely film.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just Depressing!
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I was very excited to finnally see this film. I had read the reviews and watched the trailer, loved that it took place in the 50s, location was a small town in Montana. The cinematography was supposed to be excellent, and two great actors in the lead roles. The trailer had a scene of the 14yr old boy staring up at a forest fire, very beautiful and haunting.
The script for the boy is just underwritten, young teens can be quiet and brooding, but I kept thinking "speak kid, speak". Much easier for the director to just film him running or starring up at the ceiling. I could be wrong, but I think kids growing up in wide open spaces of the american west would not spend so much time in cramped, barren homes in a empty small town. Where are all the people! The streets are always, liked they're all in forced isolation. Jake is solid, and Casey more or less steals the screen. There is no one to really like in this movie, and at least one that is pretty repulsive.
Casey's character, we learn is born and bred in the west, but ultimately she misses the mark and seems like a city girl from the rust belt forced to stare out at all these empty mountain vistas. Jake who plays the father, escapes family life and takes job as forest fire fighter. What a noble job, and there are no scenes except a drive by view of a sad looking camp. No shovels, gear, or tall trees. The photography is my opinion saved this movie, but still much to criticize. Some of the neighborhoods and houses look too much like the midwest, and my guess they were filmed in Oklahoma. Skip this one, unless your looking to remind yourself that you don't have it that bad.
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©ooperReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
14 year old surviving in dysfunctional home
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Unique story about a family of 3 and their relationship in 1960. A struggling father who goes off to fight fires in Montana. The way off-beat mother who is mostly self-absorbed, with a poor capability of motherhood. And their 14 year old son, the only adult in the room, doing his best to maintain his sanity in an insane situation. I liked it. My friend, having grown up in a more dysfunctional family, didn’t.
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JWDReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I love Jake G as an actor. Try to see his movies. But this is one of if not the worst movies I've ever seen. This is the first movie review I've ever done (and I've seen LOTS of movies), only to warn people that this is a waste of time. Sad, boring, pointless and leaves you with a feeling of despair. If you're up for that,
go for it!
14 people found this helpful
Helen NourishadReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The plot was always at the fore front, thrilling! in a domestic way. Candid in about what went on
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I disliked that there was such intolerance for each others ways. Forgetting the love in a marriage , poverty can really pull families apart. People get fed up, when really it is some sort of mental crisis.
6 people found this helpful
RMSReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent in every way
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Always liked Paul Dano, who directed the film - his debut, as he's always been an actor. He's not in the film, but does everything right in making it. Great period detail and photography. Excellent acting. Even the music contributes in an important way. I've seen lots of divorces among friends and family, and this one perfectly depicts how no one wins (and, in fact, everyone loses badly) in a failed marriage.
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candide-lover Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
one of the worlds best actresses
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i have always been a fan of ours. she is a true actress in every sense of the word and always has been. she plays every character with such grace and such believability. I'm as obsessed with her as i am with meryl. she is too under rate.d no matter how much attention she gets it will never be enough. pains me when i see some other actresses getting parts because their parents are famous or they know directors and such talented actresses such as this gem is not seen in more movies. wonderful acting by jake as well.
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