The Safety of Objects
Directed by Rose Troche
Starring Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Patricia Clarkson
Running Time: 121 minutes
The Safety of Objects effectively shows us that you can
have all the necessary production elements of a good film,
such as a great ensemble cast, good direction, good camerawork,
etc., yet the end product can come out as absolute trash.
The film is told in the now familiar Tarantinoesque styling
of several separate stories that have weak links with each
other, but overall they all restate the theme of the film.
Only unlike Tarantino films where the characters are interesting,
this film is about suburban families who are among the most
drab and mundane characters in film, even compared to other
suburban film characters. These characters also make completely
idiotic and unrealistic decisions, which would work if the
theme of the film was that "people are stupid", but it wasn't,
and in reality, they aren't. At least not like that.
It was almost a blessing and a curse that the film looked
good enough for me to continue watching, not to mention
it starred Glenn Close and Patricia Clarkson, who were both
very good in the film. I halfway expected some point to
be made that justified the two hours of monotony. That point
never came, at least not one interesting enough that made
the previous one hour and fifty minutes not seem such a
Don't waste your money or your time on this one.