The Ice Storm

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Ben Hood (Kevin Kline) has an attractive wife, Elena (Joan Allen), but he's screwing his neighbor, Janey Carver (Sigourney Weaver). The Hoods' daughter, Wendy (Christina Ricci), is only fourteen but she gets her kicks from playing doctor with her boyfriend Mikey's (Elijah Wood) younger brother, Sandy (Adam Hann-Byrd). The Hoods' son, Paul (Tobey Maguire), is just looking to get laid.

The question is: So what's the problem? The answer, according to director Ang ( "Sense and Sensibility") Lee is simple: the times. It's November 1973 and everybody is really screwed up because the country is really screwed up. Richard Nixon is trying to explain Watergate, America is trying to get out of Vietnam, and the sexual revolution has found its way into the suburbs.

Here's what I say: Give me a damn break. I've had it with this limited-perspective crap. It's not like history just started in 1972, the Ten Commandments just came out in paperback, and it's news to everyone that adultery is a "bad" thing. It's not like Ben's wife can't hit him in the head with a frying pan and make him sleep in the garage. Instead they all have to walk around like zombies and stare at each other waiting for twelve-step programs and Oprah to make things all better.

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