To Sleep With Anger (1990)


“You never know what’s in the heart and just because you can cry doesn’t make you human.” – Harry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After an old friend returns to his hometown, nothing will ever be the same for a tight knitted family who’s lives begin to fall apart upon the arrival of this guest.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across and was curious to see what Danny Glover could do in such a story.

The overall idea of this film is quite intriguing and we get to see how an unwanted visitor can affect a seemingly happy and content household.

The longer he stays tho, the more difficult life becomes for them.

The story is drawn out a bit too much and might have been better if things were shortened and tightened.

There are far too many scenes that move far too slowly for their own good which is a shame.

Danny Glover is a great actor and he plays this character quite well because we can both love and detest his mannerisms and personality throughout.

The story starts off well, but begins to lose its direction along the way.

Towards the end of the movie, they sorta get things back on track, but it feels far too forced.

There are far too many parts of this plot that happen too conveniently and that detracts from the believability of things since it isn’t as realistic as a story like this probably should be.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t play out well enough. The story feels too drawn out and there are far too many moments where things move along far too slowly for its own good. Glover does a nice job in a pivotal role and it is easy to both like and detest him at the same time due to the way his character acts throughout. Things start off in the right direction, get lost along the way and then sorta finds itself towards the end when things are finally resolved.  Some of the drama in the film feels far too convenient and that takes away a bit from the attempt to make this scenario feel even more realistic than it is.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay for Charles Burnett, Best Male Lead for Danny Glover, and Best Supporting Female for Sheryl Lee Ralph. Burnett also won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay and the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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