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Domestic Disturbance
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"Disturbing Travolta"
2 stars

Domestic Disturbance has the foundations for being a nice little story about trust and father / son relationships. Yet if falls away rather sadly as things get all Hollywood.

John Travolta gives me the creeps.

Behind the façade of his manic grin there seems to be a manic evil that's about to maniacally betray you. That works well in films like Face Off and Swordfish, but when he's being The Good Guy you're suspicious and unconvinced. You can not help worrying that at some point he's going to get you when you least expect it.

It's his grin. I don't like the grin.

Travolta plays Frank Morrison, a boat builder and divorcee living in Wilmington, NC. His ex wife, Susan (Polo), is about to remarry to Rick (Vaughn). Rick, a newcomer to town, is a bit of a philanthropist, but Susan and Frank's son, Danny (O'Leary) is suspicious of him. Danny's protestations fall on deaf ears though as he has a reputation for making things up. No one believes Danny so he goes to his dad for help.

This film for the most part flows along quite nicely with a story that a lot of kids of divorcees will find all too familiar. Yet it's taken to an absurd extreme, and it all avalanches away rather dreadfully in the final quarter as things start looking like a slasher film without the fun or cleavage.

The story slowly, but gradually loses the viewer's interest as things go conventionally and unimaginatively along like one of Frank's boats down a quiet river. There's no torrents, waterfalls or unexpected turns. It just goes until it runs out of water.

Vaughn has done the bad guy thing well in films like Clay Pigeons. In this film you have no trouble in believing his character - until he starts talking. Then you know what this guy's intentions are.

Steve Buscemi is, as always, awesome. In a small role, we know he's doing it on autopilot, but it's still fun to watch him go through the motions.

O'Leary follows that long line of young actors that seem to be able to act at such a high standard. He's rather believable in his Boy Who Cried Wolf role.

Yet these nice performances don't make up for the rather flabby story and Travolta's annoying presence.

Becker needed to insert far more tension into the film to hook in the viewer. With a little more unease injected in and a bit more restraint in the conclusion then this film may have been more rewarding.

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User Comments

1/30/14 karen immitt treri polo and v9ince vaughn sucked 1 stars
3/17/12 Lizzie sucked ass 1 stars
3/23/11 kagomefan4lyfe some films are better others. this is an other film. 1 stars
10/18/09 Jeff Wilder No originality at all. But better than a TV movie. 3 stars
5/28/07 Sugarfoot A lifetime channel movie that snuck into theaters. The pits. 1 stars
2/11/07 romeo + juliet fun one of the worst ever 1 stars
12/29/06 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 4 stars
12/07/06 JM Synth Entertaining variation on an oft-used formula 3 stars
9/14/04 Cracked head Wow, I couldn't sleep the night! That's because I slept already in the theater. 1 stars
8/04/04 Katie This movie is great, and creepy! I couldn't sleep that night! 5 stars
8/02/04 Daveman Unwatchable z-grade shite. 1 stars
6/18/04 R.W. Welch Par-for-the-course thriller. Some good suspense in spots. 3 stars
12/31/03 LIAM JACKSON not bad.vaughn is one creepy fucking psycho. 4 stars
5/09/03 mr. Pink Travolta! If you want to fuckin keep working, than try to avoid this sort of crap!! 1 stars
4/17/03 Dr. Zinn I've seen this story done a million times, and much better! Boring. 2 stars
2/21/03 scott a good film 5 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Derivative but entertaining; Travolta is remarkable. 3 stars
11/10/02 Daniel Not bad (if it were a Lifetime Original) 3 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 Travolta's performance is too fake and sad. Vince was stellar none-the-less. 3 stars
8/19/02 Del Enjoyed it. Didn't believe that Barbarino could be a boat builder though. 4 stars
5/25/02 Throw Travolta a lifesaver, he's drowning in shit. 1 stars
5/12/02 Phil M. Aficiando I agree 100% with EricDSnider's review; actors did a nice job throughout. 3 stars
4/28/02 Magnum Craphole Science's new achievement in curing insomnia. 1 stars
4/19/02 Weedle Travolta Keeps on Sinking 1 stars
4/07/02 Monster W. Kung It looks like a bad made-for-TV movie. So tiresome it's depressing. 1 stars
12/15/01 Ian Barr As Ned Flanders would say: Pre-diddly-ictable. Not to mention boring. 1 stars
12/03/01 El Ron Cupboard (still alive in a galaxy far away) Xenu says: the movie sucks ass; scientologists must come and vote it up. 1 stars
11/18/01 Andrew Carden Excellent. Chilling and Extremly Well Done Movie. Heart-Pounding. 5 stars
11/17/01 LeaLea everthing was set up/ you knew exactly what was next 3 stars
11/09/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) John Travolta is cool and Helent Hunt is hot. 3 stars
11/03/01 Chris Not bad, but nothing new. Suspense thriller 101 here. 3 stars
10/31/01 poetchuck Completely predictable 3 stars
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  02-Nov-2001 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Harold Becker

Written by
  Lewis Colick

  John Travolta
  Vince Vaughn
  Teri Polo
  Steve Buscemi
  Susan Floyd
  Matthew O'Leary

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