American Pastoral

American Pastoral

DVD - 2017
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Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to an ex-beauty queen, Dawn. When Swede and Dawn's daughter disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede's perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD AME
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) :,DVD video, sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Mar 19, 2019

returned March 19, 2019. Library was closed. It got confusing because they changed the drop off box. Fyi have returned all dvds (3) that were due March 21.

Dark, dreary take on the American cultural revolution of the 1960s. The Philip Roth novel is no doubt better than this movie, which flirts with but fails to answer the question of why upper-middle-class children brought the Vietnam War home (watch the excellent 2002 documentary THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND instead). On the upside, Dakota Fanning is terrific.

Jul 25, 2018

It's better than most of the media reviews suggest. I'd call this film a noble failure. It's definitely worth watching. I don't like Philip Roth's novels all that much and I'm not surprised that this attempt to put one on film didn't work out any better than the others. What works on the page shows its implausibility on the screen. But worth watching.

May 26, 2018

Awful. The character of the daughter is a two-dimensional cardboard cut-out of a "terrorist." She is completely unbelievable and without any redeeming qualities. Basically, its propaganda to tell the audience that politically motivated people are inherently "evil" or crazy. The use of Weather Underground film footage is misguided. The music score is overwrought and obvious. Not sure why we sat through it.

Jan 20, 2018

Dark and thought provoking.

ArapahoeJeremiah Dec 19, 2017

Succeeds well in communicating its theme, despite a little awkwardness due to the difficulties of packing a dense, serious novel into a movie. I was very moved by the ending.

Nov 25, 2017

Don't be discouraged by all of the negative comments. This is a pretty good movie. It's complicated and might make you uncomfortable because there is no clear right and wrong.
I haven't read the book yet and I always like the book more than the film! That doesn't make all screen adaptations terrible.

Sep 17, 2017

I read the novel just before I watched the movie and was upset by the movie, how they distorted the point of it. In the novel, Roth shows the complexity and humanity of all the characters. The movie starts out well and some scenes seem true to the point of the story, like when Merry, the daughter is upset by the Buddhist monks immolating themselves.
But by the end the director or producers have switched to cliche' mode, pitting the SIDES against each other to no good purpose, the father being just a helpless victim of outside events and the daughter seen as just a monster, with no reason for any of it.

Sep 12, 2017

This is one of the worst films I have watched. I kept on waiting for a point to this story and there was none. Although I did fast fwd. a few times, maybe I missed it. The acting was terrible as well as the story. All I saw was a family, apparently the parents were in love with each other, and a teenaged girl with a potty mouth, no respect for her parents or anyone else for that matter, a very misguided therapist who attempted to help the girl with a stuttering problem and did not listen to the concerns of the parents. This was a waste of time.

Sep 10, 2017

I wanted to like this film, but it was so dark and seemingly pointless that I became more and more disengaged. A golden boy who loves his daughter loses her to her own acts of violence. The beloved daughter stutters so that she does not hurt the air???? "Pastoral" is hardly the word to choose to describe this story. American Despair might have been better. I tried to find the message behind all the pain, but all I could find was that early success does not guarantee that a life will continue to be blessed and happy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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