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Domestic Disturbance

Domestic Disturbance

John Travolta is a good guy for a change in this drama about a divorced father trying to protect his eleven year old son.

Travolta plays Frank Morrison, a boat builder who is short on cash and long on charm.  His ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) is marrying Rick (Vince Vaughn - Psycho), a wealthy businessman, and although Frank is OK with it, their son Danny (Matthew O'Leary) is acting up over the marriage, big time.

Danny has had a bumpy time with his parents' divorce.  Each stage of their relationship (fighting, break-up and finally the divorce) has been punctuated by Danny skipping school, lying or running away from home, so when he complains how evil his new step father is, no one is eager to believe him.

During the wedding, Ray (Steve Buscemi) an old acquaintance of Rick's shows up uninvited, and by the look on Rick's face, he's an unwanted guest.  During the reception Ray tells Frank a different version from Rick's, as to how the two men know each other, but Frank shrugs off the misinformation, until later in the film.

Whenever Buscemi is cast in a film, we know that his character just has to be up to no good, and that's exactly his purpose here.

Shortly after Rick, Susan and Danny move into Rick's big, expensive house, things quickly become unraveled.  There's confrontations between Ray and Rick, Rick and Frank, and Danny and everyone.

There's plenty of thrills in this Harold Becker (Sea of Love) directed film.  A good thriller needs a believable, earnest good guy and a despicable, creepy bad guy (and here we get a bonus with two).  Domestic Disturbance fits that bill with a strong cast and edge-of-your-seat action.

 
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