The Ice Storm

Year: 1997
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: Ang Lee
Producer: Ang Lee/James Schamus
Writer: James Schamus
Cast: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire
I wonder if anyone who watched this movie thought the director would be responsible for a big budget midyear action movie like Hulk, then go on to the most lauded gay cowboy movie of all time in Brokeback Mountain.

At the time he was content to sardonically skewer the hypocrisy of American suburban life, although it's not as biting as you'd imagine, reserving real love for its characters.

Kevin Kline is an ordinary middle class Dad. He loves his kids and his wife and seems the model citizen despite his drinking problem and affair with winsome neighbour Sigourney Weaver.

Despite their sexual shenanigans, the adults in the story are repressively uncommunicative about all things mature to their kids, expressed best in Weaver's surreal speech about the facts of life to a young Christina Ricci.

It was apparently about lives spiralling out of control much worse than is portrayed by the subtle underplay on screen, and although I wanted it to be more acerbic, it was effectively acted by some Hollywood greats and child actors with huge future ahead of them.

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