Directed by Derick Martini
Written by Derick Martini and Steven Martini
Alec Baldwin as Mickey Bartlett
Kieran Culkin as Jimmy Bartlett
Rory Culkin as Scott Bartlett
Jill Hennessy as Brenda Bartlett
Timothy Hutton as Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon as Melissa Bragg
Emma Roberts as Adrianna Bragg
95 Minutes (Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use.)
The blaring sounds of train whistles cover mostly every scene of "Lymelife," giving all of the characters a melancholic yearning for something better than the lives they were given. This is a film that does not exactly create anything unique in terms of theme and character, and revisits the coming of age story as we have always seen it before. But its with a very smart script and some rather amazing performances that elevates "Lymelife" from a typical coming of age story and into something very special and something to really care about.
"Lymelife" takes place in a surburban community in Long Island, where they say "you can hear the train whistles no matter how far away you are from the train." We meet the Bartlett family, a typical dysfunctional family as expected from this material. Patriarch Mickey is working to help his family become millionaires, by working at a construction site that is building new age homes. His partner Melissa Bragg is dealing with her husband Charlie's mid-life crisis, as a result of him catching lyme disease while on a hunting trip, by having an affair with Mickey. Mickey's wife Brenda is unhappy with her life in Long Island, and is constantly remembering the families life in Queens. And lastly there are the two sons, Jimmy and Scott. Jimmy has successfully managed to get away from the family that he cannot stand, by joining the military and awaiting being in combat, while Scott is dealing with the everyday trials and tribulations of being a fifteen year old. This includes the romantic attention of Melissa and Charlie's daughter Adrianna, the apple of many guys eyes, including Scott.