Youth In OregonHD Closed Captioning
Joel David Moore
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About the Movie
When 79-year-old curmudgeon RAYMOND (Frank Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. But when another family emergency arises, Raymond's daughter KATE (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband BRIAN (Billy Crudup) for a little help. So Brian reluctantly volunteers to drive the cantankerous Raymond and his wine-loving wife ESTELLE (Mary Kay Place) three-thousand miles to Oregon. Determined to change the old man's mind before they reach the Beaver State, it becomes quickly apparent to Brian that convincing your father-in-law to keep living when he's ready to check out is no simple task.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A depressing slog that could have been so much more, "Youth in Oregon" suggests that loving someone gives us the right to override their decisions.
Rotten: Maudlin and mannered, this contrived indie squanders another fine late-career performance from Frank Langella, dousing its treatment of the subject in affectations until it's snuffed out any trace of genuine life.
Fresh: Oregon is more than a bittersweet look at a man deciding to end his life before he's too invalid to have a say in the matter: It's a study of how plain ol' stubbornness can keep a family forever brimming with dysfunction.
Fresh: Langella's tightly controlled stillness makes Ray's tantrums far less potent than the grim stoicism with which he faces his physical indignities, and his quiet domination of a family that's barely holding it together.
Langella is the Man!
Loved this fun and quirky road trip adventure. I was surprised to see such big names in an indie film like this but it actually works extremely well. It's a topic that's rarely explored in films, so it was defintely refreshing to see something NEW.
Maybe not as good a little miss sunshine but not far off and the subject matter asks interesting and deep questions while remaining fun and funny to watch often. A very good film with great performances by a cast that is great!
Such a joy
Love Josh Lucas and was pleasantly surprised by this powerful little comedy.