Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 26th at 4:50 for Lymelife at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Erin wearing a big smile in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
Profoundly funny and deeply moving, Lymelife looks at first love and family dynamics during a time of drastic economic and cultural change in the late 1970s. Scott (Rory Culkin) is an awkward, sensitive 15-year-old boy whose family life is turned upside-down after an outbreak of Lyme disease hits the community, spreading illness and paranoia. Scott’s parentsÂ—a workaholic father (Alec Baldwin) and an overprotective mother (Jill Hennessy)Â—are on the verge of a divorce as his older brother (Kieran Culkin) is about to ship off for war. Complicating matters, Scott has fallen in love with his next door neighbor, Adrianna (Emma Roberts). Adrianna seems to be the only person in the world who understands Scott, demonstrated by her equally troubled, less-affluent family: an uptight mother (Cynthia Nixon) carrying on a not-so-clandestine love affair, and a father (Timothy Hutton) slowly slipping away from the effects of Lyme disease. Directed by Derick Martini, who wrote the script with his brother Steven (based on their experiences growing up on suburban Long Island), Lymelife is a funny, biting and loving tribute to the American family.