Breaking Bread (Movie Thoughts: The Dinner)

dinner_ver2_xlgDirected by Owen Moverman, ‘The Dinner’ is an overlong and exasperating film.  I found myself so bored by it, never connected with any of its characters – loathed almost all of them, actually – and couldn’t wait for it to end. Even the food in the film (most of the time a saving grace) was annoying/ I really can’t find anything too mice to say about this. And that is weird considering I like most of the cast – Richard Gere, the luminescent Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan. Centered around a family breaking bread discussing a tragic event involving their kids, it takes too long for us to understand what is really going on – everyone keeps on avoiding the issue – so we are left feeling frustrated and, in the end, no longer caring. Plus, the movie clocks in at 120 minutes, and those feel like long long minutes. Rarely do I feel like my time is truly wasted watching a film, and this is one of those instances.

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