Sam & Kate (2022) Rated R

A son returns home to help care for his aging father. Starring Henry Thomas, Dustin Hoffman, and Sissy Spacek. 

There are a couple of things I liked about this film and there are some things I didn’t like. One is the drug use; I know that this is becoming more mainstream, but I’m not a fan of it being natural. Another issue I have is that we start the film with no context, so at first, you don’t have any idea what is going on. Once you get to know each of the characters who represent normal everyday people, the film picks up and they become characters we love. This film represents everyday life with our loved ones. We each have hurts and faults that are hard to live with, but coming together and loving one another is what it is all about. I also really enjoyed seeing both Hoffman’s and Spacek’s children play the characters’ children. Family resemblance is a joy to see, even if it’s fake. Those are the joys of the film, and although Jake Hoffman’s front-door monologue had me in tears, the film still left me feeling disconnected.  This one doesn’t quite hit the mark, making it not worth the watch. 

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