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Carried Away

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Bruno Barreto

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About the Movie

Based on the novel Farmer by Jim Harrison ("Legends of the Fall" "Wolf"), this drama concerns Joseph Svenden (Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Dennis Hopper "Hoosiers," "Easy Rider" "Paris Trout"), a one-time farmer in his late forties who took up teaching when he permanently injured his leg in an accident. Joseph's life is orderly, precise, and rather dull. He teaches with as much enthusiasm as he can muster, lives in the farmhouse where he grew up, and has been engaged for the last six years to Rosealee Henson (Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Amy Irving "Carrie," "Yentl," "Crossing Delancey"). Rosealee is the widow of his best friend, and, for a variety of reasons, both she and Joseph are reluctant to set a date (she devotes much of her time to caring for her ailing mother). One day Joseph is met in his barn by Catherine Wheeler (Amy Locane "Secretary," "Cry-Baby"), a new student in his senior class, Catherine attempts to seduce Joseph, who dutifully refuses, only to request a second chance a few moments later, which Catherine eagerly grants him. This unexpected event brings out a newly adventurous side in Joseph, though he suddenly has a new set of complications to go along with it; he discovers that his school is closing, and Catherines parents are predictably angry when they find out about their daughters liaison.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An earnestly well-meaning film whose adult characters have a refreshingly grown-up perspective on their choices in life. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Tries to incorporate almost film-noir elements into a heartland love story. The blending feels inorganic; and composer Bruce Broughton doesn't help matters by coating every moment with a repetitive, syrupy theme. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Everyone in the film -- even the teenager -- is more intelligent and articulate than is usually permitted in American movies, and having gotten themselves into an emotional tangle, they go to work getting themselves out again. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Carried Away is erotic, but it's also thoughtful and intelligent, and, coupled with Hopper's extraordinary performance, that's reason enough to be carried away by this motion picture. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Indefensible Mysogyny

I am the last person to raise the "feminist" flag, but this movie's message was truly repulsive. A 47 year old man has sex with his 17 year old student, but he's not the "bad guy" (in fact, he's the hero) because the 17 year old is an emotionally disturbed, promiscuous young girl who came onto him and the woman with whom he is involved in a "mature" relationship doesn't adequately fulfill his sexual needs . . . so, really, who can blame the poor guy? And, you know, what's the harm in a little statutory rape of your student when even her father acknowledges she's promiscuous? And, with respect to his "mature" relationship, she clearly deserved to be betrayed because she was too modest to succumb to his requests that she sexually degrade herself. Are you kidding me?1? Who on earth came up with this story? Amy Irving (who was one of the producers) ought to be ashamed of herself. Perhaps it is because the majority of professional film critics are men, but I cannot begin to understand why no one seemed to be disturbed by the message here. It's really kind of shocking.

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You can have characters that grow and learn. Characters that stay the same from beginning to end. Or in this movie you can have the character coming out ahead by abusing emotionally and physically innocent women to make him a better character in the end. I don’t think life is like this, and it would require a ‘suspension of disbelief’ for the viewer to see this as an even a fairly good movie. To make it a great movie would require one of the women he offended, even his ailing mother, to kill him off.

Carried Away
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1996

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