Another drama set in the bleak lands of suburbia, with some dysfunctional insects thrown in.
Here we go again. Another movie about the awfulness of the â€™burbs. Derick Martiniâ€™s â€śLymelife,â€ť the latest entrant, is set in the late 1970s in suburban Long Island, N.Y., and features the usual constellation of dysfunctional parents, siblings, neighbors. Even the insects â€“ the ticks that spread Lyme disease throughout the community â€“ are dysfunctional here. The disease is both literal and metaphorical. Bottom line: Everybody suffers. Fifteen-year-old Scott (Rory Culkin) has a philandering, workaholic father (Alec Baldwin) and an older brother (Kieran Culkin) whoâ€™s about to ship off to war. Scottâ€™s sort-of girlfriend Adrianna (Emma Roberts) has her own parental baggage, including a father (Timothy Hutton) whose Lyme disease seems the least of his problems. Is it too much to ask that some day somebody will make a movie about â€™burb bliss? Grade: C+ (Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence, and drug use.)