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  • Summary: A critically acclaimed, outrageously offbeat look at growing up. Looking forward to a prestigious summer internship in Washington, D.C., pre-med college student Raymond (Davies) has his dreams put on hold when he's forced to stay at home caring for his invalid mother (Watson). Constantly harassed by his domineering, traveling salesman father, Raymond struggles to deal with his mother's bed-ridden anxieties and his first, stumbling attempts to romance the naive girl next door. (Image Entertainment) Expand
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  1. 90
    A director with a more sensationalistic temperament might have milked this last section of the picture for melodramatic effect, but Russell's direction becomes, if anything, more brisk and more clipped.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    Unlike so many other recent youth-oriented independent efforts, it takes on difficult, even impossible, issues with genuinely astonishing results.
  3. Davies registers believable frustration and deadpan teenage disengagement in equal measure.
  4. 75
    This is not a "nice" movie -- it deals with some pretty intense issues (like incest and suicide) -- but it is both bold and inventive, and works because of an unforced approach.
  5. Russell is unusual among first-time directors in his ability to mold and shape performance. [28 Jul 1994 Pg. F2]
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The movie is finally predictable, but it has connected with a generation that believes it has been saddled with the thankless job of raising its own parents.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    The story is undoubtedly weird, but perhaps more so on paper than on the screen, since Russell and his actors have played it mostly straight in attempting to confer psychological validity on all the untoward developments.

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