What They Had
- 1h 41m
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From first-time writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, this "captivating family drama" that will make "you laugh as much as you cry" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (two-time Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner) and her father's (Oscar nominee Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
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Critics Consensus: What They Had finds laughter and tears in its portrait of a family at a crossroads, with writer-director Elizabeth Chomko getting outstanding performances out of a talented cast.
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Messy, loving family deals with Alzheimer's in mature drama.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What They Had is a poignant drama about a family that's dealing with the very difficult issue of Alzheimer's; it's more focused on characters and life than it is on sickness and misery. It's a beautifully acted, big-hearted, messy hug of a movie for mature viewers. Language is quite strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more -- sometimes shouted in anger during arguments. A married woman tries to seduce another man but is interrupted. There's some sex-related talk and a mention of possible sexual assault. Characters often drink socially/casually (one of them owns a bar), and some cigarette smoking is seen. Blythe Danner, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster co-star.
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- Release Date:October 19, 2018
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD