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‘The Good House’ Review: Expending Emotional Real Estate


As an actual estate agent and because the protagonist of the drama “The Good House,” Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver) is a confident hostess. The film begins with Hildy describing her life in a small seaside town in Massachusetts, first in voice-over after which in a direct address to the camera.

Within the spirit of blasé town gossip, Hildy freely offers her back story. Her husband left her to start seeing men, and her protégé began stealing her clients. Nonetheless, the key that threatens Hildy’s happiness is one which she keeps from herself. She’s an alcoholic, and despite previous stints in rehab, she has not been able to present up drinking.

The film follows Hildy as she tries to rebuild her life and her business through working along with her neighbors as clients. She even begins dating her past love, Frank (Kevin Kline). However the omnipresence of alcohol threatens Hildy’s stability. She will be able to’t resist the bottle, and may’t remember what she’s done when she has one in her hands.

The administrators Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky use the film’s style as a sleight of hand. At first glance, the movie appears to be a soft focus romance. Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are beloved performers, still sharp after many years of stardom. The views over the Recent England harbor charm, and the rating cheerily plink-plunks together with assists from the classic rock needle drops. The stylistic placidity draws attention to the disturbance of Hildy’s alcoholism, the best way her drinking interrupts even the film’s genre. But the difficulty with this cinematic Trojan horse is that the superficial blandness dominates the frame. It’s hard to feel the story’s stakes when the pictures are all the time indicating no danger ahead.

The Good House
Rated R for language, temporary nudity and sexual content. Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. In theaters.

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