October 23rd, 2009


more trailers Lymelife


A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.8/10 (5,743 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Derick Martini

Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy

Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change.

Writers: Derick Martini, Steven Martini

Rory Culkin - Scott Bartlett
Alec Baldwin - Mickey Bartlett
Jill Hennessy - Brenda Bartlett
Emma Roberts - Adrianna Bragg
Timothy Hutton - Charlie Bragg
Cynthia Nixon - Melissa Bragg
Logan Huffman - Blaze Salado
Brandon Thane Wilson - Stuart
Adam Scarimbolo - Todd O'Leary
Kieran Culkin - Jimmy Bartlett
Phillip Pennestri - Father Pazzo
Louis Ruffolo Jr. - Bartender

Taglines: The American Dream Sucks


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Filming Locations: Montclair High School - 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $43,000 (USA) (8 April 2009) (2 Screens)

Gross: $429,307 (USA) (13 July 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:Argentina:  | USA:

Did You Know?

Dedicated to Derick Martini's late grandparents.

Errors in geography: On the sign announcing the construction of the Bartletts' new house, the Bartlett Group's address is given as "329 Empire Road, Long Island, NY, 89023." It is more likely that the town would be given (e.g., "Bethpage, NY" rather than "Long Island, NY"), but in any case 89023 is a Nevada zip code.

Adrianna Bragg: It was weird seeing you getting your ass kicked. I felt like you were my little brother or something.
Scott Bartlett: Really?... Your brother

User Review

5 Stars!

Rating: 10/10

Had the pleasure of seeing this at Toronto and Sundance. I'm a festival rat and do not usually comment on movies. But this film struck me in different ways on both viewings. The first time I was consumed in all of the performances, which are spectacular. The second time I was wrapped up in all of the symbolism. The reflection shots, the little fake houses, the spiritual references, the overall tone of the movie that was set by the director and his brother. Is this a perfect movie? It's as perfect a movie as you will find on the premiere festival circuit. And when I found out it was filmed on a tiny budget, I was even more impressed. It turns out to be a funny and moving story that makes you laugh a lot. The director is funny, the actors are all funny and the music is amazing. Every scene that had a song in it was completely amazing. Martin Scorsese is the producer of the film and the director is clearly a big fan. There's violence, emotion and a lot of humor. It's not about the mafia but it has a Sopranos feel to it. I can't put my finger on it, but it's there. To sum it up, it has some very heavy scenes but those scenes are peppered with hilarious moments. So it's never too dark or too heavy. It plays like a film from the 1960's or 70's. Heck of a job. I want to see more from this filmmaker.