You Can Thank Me Later
You Can Thank Me Later is a comedy of sibling rivalries as much as it is a hard hitting look at narcissism in the nineties.
The grown Cooperberg siblings reluctantly assemble at the hospital to await the results of their father’s surgery: Edward (Mark Blum), a theater producer and renowned womanizer, Eli (Ted Levine), the self-proclaimed poet who works in the family business and Susan (Amanda Plummer), the artist who still lives off her parents while justifying it as a “grant”. Holding them all together while pushing them simultaneously apart is their mother, Shirley (Ellen Burstyn), who can’t help but criticize her children’s chosen paths in life, reducing them to a state of infancy. Add an omnipresent nun (Genevieve Bujold), wives and ex-wives, an existentialist TV repairman, sexy nurses and other interesting characters and what results is a day you will never forget.
The Cooperberg’s begin to wilt under the pressure of a family visit. By turns we see each child vie for their mother’s love and approval - and then rush from the hospital searching for intense physical and emotional intimacy with both strangers and loved ones. Also, interspersed throughout are visits with each sibling and their respective therapists while they plead for some understanding of why their lives are such a mess. Wrought with divorce, infidelity and sexual confusion, the characters spiral out of control, but in the end we realize that it is only by opening old wounds of the past that each one can face the futur
From producer/director Shimon Dotan, whose films have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success, and whose style has been called “visually stunning and lyrical… of breathtaking beauty and power,” comes You Can Thank Me Later, a unique, powerful, poignant and funny view of a dysfunctional family forced to confront their demons and neuroses.
The story of a Montreal family assembled together at a hospital awaiting news of their seriously ill patriarch, You Can Thank Me Later features a truly stellar cast, represented by four renowned actresses; Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Plummer, Mary McDonnell and Genevieve Bujold who, among them, have garnered an Academy Award, seven Oscar nominations, two Emmy awards and several Golden Globe awards.
Additionally, the film stars acclaimed actors Ted Levine and Mark Blum and is the result of a powerful script by Oren Safdie, a Montreal-born playwright whose New York plays have earned him plaudits as being “slick, fast-paced, razor-sharp… and brilliantly funny.” His characters, the critics say, “could have walked out of a Philip Roth novel.”
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