What They Had

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  101 min.
In theatres: October 26, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD: January 8, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 8 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas

Synopsis

Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago to see her mother Ruth (Blythe Danner), who wandered off during a snowstorm. Ruth is suffering from Alzheimer's, but Bridget's brother Nicky (Michael Shannon), who lives in Chicago, doesn't have the patience to deal with his mother's failing memory. He also resents all the errands he has to do for his parents.

Nicky thinks Ruth belongs in a nursing home, but his father Burt (Robert Forster) refuses. He has endless patience for his wife, calling her "my girl." Burt tells Bridget love is commitment and that his marriage vows included the phrase "in sickness and in health, till death do you part." Burt is still in love with Ruth, and no matter what, he humors her, even when she announces she's planning to have another baby. Meanwhile, Bridget's own marriage is falling apart as she realizes she doesn't feel the same commitment that her parents have.

Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Bill Holderman, Keith Kjarval, Sefton Fincham, Alex Saks, Tyler Jackson
Screenplay: Elizabeth Chomko
Official Site: WhatTheyHadMovie.com

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  • 5 stars "You won’t regret it. Best movie I’ve seen this year."
  • 5 stars "Outstanding stellar cast ensemble. Kudos also go to first-time writer, first-time director Elizabeth Chomko. It has a lot of laughs and family drama. It also showcases the onset of Alzheimers and what it can do. Bring your hankies. This movie is a gem that will have a nod at the Oscars for its charm and wit and reality in life and family relationships. I love the quirk that impacts at the end (without giving it away)."