Griffin & PhoenixJanuary 18, 2007
GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX is a poignantly funny love story about two people who face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that may stand between them and a last chance at love.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.9/10 (3,434 voted)
Stars: Amanda Peet, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Paulson
Griffin is divorced, living in a flat in Manhattan while his sons and ex live in the family home in Westchester. He gets bad news from his oncologist: cancerous lesions have spread through his chest, and he has only a year or so to live. He audits a psychology class on death and dying at a nearby college where he chats up a woman who turns out to be an assistant dean. She's Phoenix; she smiles but keeps her distance, warming to him slowly. He tells her nothing of his situation. At his apartment a few days later, she finds a stash of books on death, dying, and terminal illness: will she put two and two together, and what will she do about it?
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(as Jesse Ferguson)
Maya Restaurant Owner
A love story with no expectations.
Release Date: 18 January 2007
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
When the doctor is showing an X-Ray at the beginning of the scene, she puts the exam backwards, meaning the right side is on the left, thus changing the position of the heart – a mistake any med student would notice. She also says that there are several lesions in the chest, whereas the x-ray appears to be normal from the distance the viewer can see. Additionally, an x-ray is not the best exam to identify this kind of cancer, it would usually be a CT scan – an exam available in the time the story is being told.
I was talking to this idiot the other day and as he looked back from the mirror I realized I was right about one thing. There is an answer… and the answer is being with you. I love you for better or for worse, this time we that we have, this can be part of the better part, because we'll be together and that way everything even this is better… good even.
Dermot Mulroney delivers a spectacular performance in Griffin and
Phoenix, which premiered on Lifetime this evening. Mulroney is Griffin,
a New Yorker who learns he has cancer and has but a year or two at the
most to live. Griffin meets Phoenix (Amanda Peet, at her best) while
taking a class at a university, and he pursues her, not telling her he
has cancer. As the two grow closer, he learns something about her he
did not expect.
Exquisite and bittersweet are two adjectives that come to mind when I
think of this movie. This is a love story, a beautiful story that
reminded me how important and short life is. The water tower and lake
scenes were amazing. Grab a box of tissues, you will need them. Easily
the best I have seen from Lifetime this year.