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Overall Rating
2.22

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Total Crap41.18%

3 reviews, 33 user ratings


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Domestic Disturbance
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by EricDSnider

"All we hope for anymore in a Travolta film is that it doesn't suck."
3 stars

After three bad movies in a row, John Travolta has finally risen above it to an acceptable level of mediocrity. Who knows, maybe the next one will actually be good.

"Domestic Disturbance" is not a bad movie, as bare-bones, right-to-the-point thrillers go. Travolta plays Frank, a divorced boat-builder in a picturesque Maryland town whose ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) is about to marry newcomer Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn), a wealthy businessman beloved by all.

Immediately after the wedding, Mr. Nice Guy Rick becomes Evil Stepdad, like people do in these movies. Then Frank and Susan's adolescent son, Danny (Matt O'Leary), who never trusted Rick to begin with, sees him kill a guy (Steve Buscemi). But no one believes him except Frank, and now Danny is living in a house with a killer, and yada yada yada.

The film is only 88 minutes long, yet still has some padding in it, particularly with a few scenes that hint at unrealized character development. Still, the pace is generally quick and efficient.

The writing, however, by Lewis Colick (working from a story that inexplicably took three people to devise: Colick, William S. Comanor and Gary Drucker), is often hasty and convenient. The way Danny witnesses the murder is a little far-fetched, as is the victim's bloodless death. And as is the trend these days, the most important clues and discoveries are made on the Internet.

You get the feeling the movie is setting up something particularly clever for its finale, but then it doesn't. There is no smoking gun, no stunning revelation, no clever means of catching the bad guy. Just fighting and running and breathless phone calls that say, "Get out of the house!"

The acting avoids over-the-top theatrics, and while director Harold Becker is not above a few cheap "jump" moments, he doesn't lean on them excessively. One is tempted to call the thing "taut," except it's too sloppy and muddle-headed to be that. It is a simple, serviceable, reasonably entertaining thriller, and nothing more.

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originally posted: 11/10/01 07:55:00
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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
8/09/02 KMG IT'S A VERY SHORT 89 MINUTES OF VINCE, STEVE, AND TERI WONDERING WHY THEY'RE DOING TRAVOLTA 1 stars
5/25/02 darkjosh@hotmail.com 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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Nov-2001 (PG-13)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  07-Feb-2002


Directed by
  Harold Becker

Written by
  Lewis Colick

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



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