The Ice Storm (1997)

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By Scott Goldfine

Kevin Kline and Joan Allen star as a married couple on the outs in this biting look at the deterioration of the family unit in the early 1970s. Based on Ricky Moody’s novel and directed by Ang Lee (“Sense and Sensibility”), the story depicts hypocritical adults trying to maintain the free love and substance abuse of their hippie days while raising kids in a world where even the president is a crook. Everyone ends up disconnected and unhappy.

This poignant, somber film is one the best recent profiles of the American family. The fine ensemble cast also features Sigourney WeaverTobey MaguireChristina Ricci and Elijah Wood. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

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