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Movie Review: Rabbit Hole

Alternate Title: One Day at a Time

Story: This release of this powerful, first rate dramatic film during a holiday season that usually dumps all of it's 'feel good' crap is a wonderful surprise. Kudos to the producers for making it happen. The film was deftly directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and written by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Do not be scared off by the premise of the film. It opens about eight months after the accidental death of a four year old. We meet grieving Becca and Howie, as they attempt to live their forever altered lives. The first half hour allows us the usual introductions to character and place but as the film progresses the combination of performance and script makes for a heck of a cinematic experience. I was riveted and moved. It is not treacly or cloying. It is good theater.

As most of us already know, there is no time limit on grief and this convincing portrayal of a difficult subject is well done. When we go through that rabbit hole, who knows where we will pop up?

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLrzt71dfAI

Acting: Nicole Kidman as Becca was wonderful. Once I got over how different her face looks these days her acting takes over. She is one terrific actor. Aaron Eckhart as Howie was also terrific and held his own against the first class actress. Dianne Wiest as Nat was sensational too. Tammy Blanchard as sister Izzy worked well Young, Miles Teller as Jason was mighty effective. The supporting cast was fine too including: Giancarlo Esposito (Auggie), Jon Tenney (Rick), Patricia Kalember (Peg), Julie Lauren (Debbie) and Sandra Oh (Gabby).

Trivia: David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, which opened in February 2006 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Tyne Daly starred in the Broadway play. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, and the play was nominated for several other Tony awards.

Predilection: None

Critters: A wonderful dog named Taz.

Food: Becca is a baker and she spends lots of time in the kitchen.

Sex Spectrum: None

Blatant Product Placement: iPhone

Visual Art: Young Jason is working on a comic book and his illustrations appear throughout.

Theater Audience: About 30 other people

Weather: In consequential

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: I did not cry but I am sure others will.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure.

Length: 90 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: 9