The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

DVD - 2017
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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2018

This movie is based on the original memoir by the same name, written by Jeannette Walls. Jeannette lived a turbulent life, growing up under the poverty line with a bipolar mother and an alcoholic father, who could never quite hold down a job. However, her father always had a creative mind to him and would think up amazing creations and inventions that would one day make the family rich. Although Jeannette loathed her father for putting her in the scenarios that she was in, she still loved him for his sober self. Although the movie fell short of expectations at times and missed a few major plot points, Woody Harrelson had an amazing performance as her father Rex, throughout the movie. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who are interested in real life drama and tragedy.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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COURIER3
Jun 06, 2018

Lots of difference between the book and the movie. Harellson was perfect for the part..
Father was a drunken monster. Dept of Family services should have placed those kids in foster care and charged the parents with child abuse.

JCLHeatherM May 28, 2018

This hauntingly true story of Jeannette Walls and her migrating family has the ability to make the viewer, laugh, cry, and think about the condition of human life and family. Based on Walls' bestselling memoir, she manages to overcome her upbringing through a strong bond with her brother and sisters and stay loyal to her family - whether they want her help or not.

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

After watching the trailer I expected this to be a different story, but I believe this is another "Captain fantastic". I hated "Captain fantastic" and I hated this movie too, therefore I could not finish it. The parenting style was just against my taste, values and beliefs.
If your child tells you that is hungry and you answer: "do you want me to cook a meal that lasts one hour, or do you want me to finish a painting that lasts forever?" then there is something wrong with you and you should not have any child in custody. Well, your stupid painting will not last forever, cos can burn like your child did when attempting to cook something to eat.
Shocked and saddened that these parents did not end up in jail.
If you want to watch mentally sick parents, a homeless family, living in poverty escaping law, child neglect and from below comments I can read some alcoholism, then this is a movie for you.

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readyrisa
May 13, 2018

Awesome movie based on a true story. Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson gives outstanding performances!

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

At times the film makers made light of the helpless children’s ordeals, but overall, a nauseating story about growing up with “irresponsible” parents in poverty. Further, felt for the adult daughter who must have been in constant social and emotion distress to see her estranged parents living on the streets and dumpster diving for food around town! At the end, glad that she succeeded to come to terms, and we all can learn to face our “shameful” past (see why the author decided to tell her story in the “fact check” article below.) No one gets to choose his/her parents or birth country etc., and, as told in the interview with the author: "Everybody who is on the street is unique. Everybody has a story and everybody has a reason that they're there." This film is about Jeannette Walls’, a remarkable story? YES; of unconditional love? NO.

Notes:
-Wonderful performance in "Special Features" of the song "Summer storm" by Joel P. West (see "Videos.")
-Rex Walls died in 1994, just short of 60 and the memoir was published in 2005.
-A fact check article on the film vs the true story:
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/glass-castle/

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misatim
Apr 16, 2018

A N.Y. writer tries to justify her adoration of her dysfunctional family. Her immature selfish parents abuse the children for their own joy and call it a family. When the children finally get away they can not end their own addiction to the abuse so they try to justify it within stories as a bad joke. A story that plays out way to often in this world. Woody Harrelson was amazing as the father.

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MARTHA C BENNER
Apr 14, 2018

Loved the book and loved the movie.

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hammer59
Mar 31, 2018

The book stayed on the NY Times best sellers list for a reason. Family dysfunction and alcoholism in American families is common. Add poverty and sexual abuse----the result is quite ugly. I think that what resonated among readers was that despite the disadvantages, the rare person still managed to succeed and break the chain. Not funny how films that do not adhere to the Hollywood mass marketing formula are never promoted, but through previews, we can see what might interest us and choose our own viewing choices. Breed carefully, if at all.

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carolu6555
Mar 15, 2018

Movie worth watching, it was sad to see the hardships the children grew up with.

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

"You learn from living! Everything else is a damn lie."

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

You see the top of the flames where the yellow dissolves into the heat? That zone is known in physics as the boundary between turbulence and order. It's a place where no rules apply. Or at least they haven't figured 'em out yet. That's all life is, bunch of molecules bouncin' off each other at random. So there's no point in tryin' to find a reason or pattern for why you were born at a certain time and why you got bit by that fire. You just got a little too close to the chaos is all. You understand?
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Rich city folks live in fancy apartments but their air's so polluted they can't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to trade places with any of them.
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Yeah, your dad said he saw you pass by in a cab the other night. Acted like we weren't even there. You shouldn't be ashamed of us just 'cause we choose a different lifestyle than you.
-Being homeless in New York City does not count as a lifestyle choice.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

Your mom and I did everything we could for you, okay? We looked after you, and it was a happy family!
-Bullshit! We did it! We took care of each other because you were too drunk to! It was your job to protect us, and you didn't even try!
That ain't true, okay?
-It is true. You got some kind of weird revisionist history goin' on.
You were a happy kid!
-Stop it, Dad. Stop talking.
And they were happy kids! And we looked after you!
-Stop talking! Talking is not trying! You talked my whole goddamn life!
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They were homeless before that for three years before that, which was pretty much how they raised us. My dad is not developing a technology for bituminous coal but he could tell you anything you want to know about it. He is the smartest man I know. He is also a drunk.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

I spent my whole life huntin' for those demons in the wild. And the entire time they were hidin' inside my own belly. Sad state to spend your life in, bein' afraid of your own self.
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"There might be more than this blanket of black dust,
"the stench of the tug,
"the crunch of the coal-stained snow.
"More than the sound of her cackle,
"the cracks in her calloused hands.
"And there might be more, but I won't ever know
"because it's impossible to breathe
"when you're drowning in shxt"
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Never forget how beautiful you are, Mountain Goat. And smart... And creative and strong... You're so strong. No little girl should ever have to carry her daddy on her back. You ain't like me at all, Mountain Goat. You're not afraid.
-I am like you. And I'm glad.
We had some good times, didn't we? Never did build that Glass Castle.
-No.
But we had a good time plannin' it.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

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I would never let anything bad happen to you. But I can't let you cling to the side your whole life just 'cause you're scared. If you don't wanna sink, you have to learn how to swim.
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Quotes from “Special Features”:
“I had dreams last night about Welch, which I have not dreamt about in a long time,” she says. “But it was a very wise man who said, ‘Secrets are a little bit like vampires—they suck the life out of you. Once they’re exposed to light, they lose their power over you.’
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"They had a very interesting life. They had experiences nobody else had. So why in the world complain?"

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May 28, 2018

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Oct 12, 2017

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