Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Infinitely Polar Bear 2014

     Maggie Stuart has left her husband Cam in the late 1970’s and taken their two daughters with her.  Cam is bipolar and he doesn’t take his medication.  He also drinks and he has recently had a breakdown.  Maggie is living in a small rent controlled apartment in with Amelia and Faith.  They are living at the poverty level and Maggie wants that to change.  She has signed up for an accelerated 18 month MBA program at Columbia University in New York.  She asks Cam to move into her apartment and take care of the girls during the week.  Maggie will come home every weekend to be with them.  There are a lot of ups and downs with this arrangement.
     I thought this was good but I wonder if in real life Cam was able to take care of the girls?  They get by but are they safe if something out of the ordinary happens?  What about his continual chain smoking?  At least times were different in this period as compared to today and that does give them some slack.  He offers stability with his presence in their home but it’s a ‘different’ kind of parenting and lifestyle. 3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

90 min, Comedy directed by Maya Forbes with Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Nekhebet Kum Juch, Manoah Angelo, Muriel Gould, Rod Randolph, Beth Dixon, Keir Dullea.

Note:  Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 79% critic 72% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roget Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 114 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Providence, Rhode Island.  Both Saldana and Ruffalo have played Marvel Comics characters.  Ruffalo as the Hulk in The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Saldana was in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Amelia Stuart is the fictionalized version of writer and director Maya Forbes.  This film is based on her childhood in Cambridge, Mass and Imogene Wolodarsky is Forbes’ daughter.

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