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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)

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The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.

Director:

Dennis Lee

Writers:

Robert Frost (poem), Dennis Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Michael Taylor
Willem Dafoe ... Charles Taylor
Emily Watson ... Jane Lawrence
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Kelly (as Carrie Anne Moss)
Julia Roberts ... Lisa Taylor
Ioan Gruffudd ... Addison
Hayden Panettiere ... Young Jane Lawrence
Shannon Lucio ... Ryne Taylor
Cayden Boyd ... Young Michael Taylor
George Newbern ... Jimmy Lawrence (as George Newburn)
Chase Ellison ... Christopher Lawrence
Brooklynn Proulx ... Leslie Lawrence
Diane Perella Diane Perella ... Flight Attendant
Natalie Karp ... Social Worker
John C. Stennfeld John C. Stennfeld ... Reverend Byers (as Reverend John Stennfeld)
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Storyline

A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there's a fight. During Michael's trip home, there's an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For one family, a chance to start again... See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last film of acclaimed editor Dede Allen. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [to Michael] Gotta tell you my kids love it here. Christopher's in your old room and Leslie here is in Ryne's.
[turns to Leslie]
Jimmy: Say hello to your cousin.
Michael: [to Leslie, when she doesn't say anything] You're short.
Jimmy: [to Michael] Yeah guest room's upstairs, second door on the right, but I guess you know that because uh this is your home.
Leslie: Uncle Charlie said it's our home now.
Jimmy: You're right honey, it is our home now. But um, Michael grew up here so... it's his home, too.
Leslie: But it's our home.
Jimmy: [picks Leslie up]
[...]
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Connections

References Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (2006) See more »

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Be Easy
Performed by Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (as The Dap-Kings)
Written by Gabriel Alexander Roth and Neal Andrew Sugarman
Published by Boscosound Music and Treatsound Music,
Administered by Kobalt Music
Courtesy of Daptone Records
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Great Movie and Ryan Rocks!
28 March 2008 | by melvam1See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see an early screening of "Fireflies in the Garden" and it was great. While there were several stand out performances--Julia Roberts, Cayden Boyd, Hayden Panettiere...I have to say Ryan Reynolds is the one that really got me. First of all this is not one of his usual roles. Secondly, while his incredible comedic timing added lightness at appropriate moments and depth to his character's struggles, it was the open access to his heart that really moved me. Third of all...I don't really have a point but, now I'm a FAN! Um, I ended up crying quite a bit watching this movie. It's great! I hope it's released soon.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2008 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,884, 16 October 2011

Gross USA:

$70,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,692,182
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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