The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

DVD - 2017
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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.


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Feb 18, 2018

My first reaction after finding this blu-ray at the Sardis branch: howcum I've never heard of this movie? I mean, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts? And another Oscar-winner, younger Brie Larson (Room, 2015). Lost in the myriad of 2017 releases, overshadowed by monsters and superheroes, maybe.

Glad I found it; it's a good one. BUT--be forewarned--It explores some uncomfortable truths about families and the individuals within them. NOBODY is perfect or even near-perfect in this real-life story, based on the memoir by the woman who lived it.

Critics have been somewhat harsh about this movie, which I believe may reflect some of their personal conflicts about their own family "skeletons." That's what this movie is mainly about, as four kids attempt to escape Appalachia poverty, a neglectful artistic mother and drunken dreamer-father. Wow. Sounds like a downer, right? Wrong.

Lots to laugh at here, lots to shake your head at in disbelief and just go..."wow." You'll be thinking about this movie for days.

Terrific performances, not only by the three named above, but also by a number of kids who portray the children at various ages. Amazing, all.

Jan 24, 2018

This kids grew up with a drinker, that placed them in all kinds of danger. The father was abused my his mother and this caused him to failure in life. He failed his children and wife and led his family into dangerous situations. Sexual abuse as a child led him to making poor choices with his own family.

Jan 24, 2018

Terrible how these kids grew up. What the heck was wrong with their mother? Alcoholism and abuse are not pretty subjects.

Jan 20, 2018

I've read the book, actually it reads like fiction, who would have a life like the book depicts, but it is based on fact! Also saw the movie and now the dvd. I wanted to watch the extras at the end of the movie, I found them interesting. I've read two other books by Jeannette Walls, Half-Broke Horses was interesting the other was not.

Jan 17, 2018

Anyone giving negative comments on this film simply didn't understand it. This film doesn't glorify abuse, they just shine a light on it. So many times movies try to lighten the mood by making the characters or situations likable. Woody Harrelson's character never becomes likable, even after his death. what Jeanette and her siblings had to go through is beyond reprehensible and this adaptation of her memoir is right on point.

Excellent acting by the cast all around... the younger ones were just as strong as Naomi, Woody, and Brie. I would highly recommend. Some things are left out from the book, but it still flows well.... you never feel bored.

JCLMargaretO Jan 04, 2018

I doubt anyone could have played the part of the abusive, alcoholic father better than Woody Harrelson. Great cast of actors brought this heartbreaking story to life.

Dec 21, 2017

Based on the memoirs of Jeanette Walls. Watch the extras to see the woman that the story is based on. Performances by the children were amazing.

Dec 20, 2017

I wonder if the people who love this story don’t know any families that have been destroyed by alcohol or substance abuse. I don’t find that I can forgive any parent that does’t protect their children, or work to feed them. Even if it means giving up your own dream, or leaving an abusive spouse. I disliked the story immensely, and find that it somewhat romanticized the abuses.

Dec 20, 2017

I seem to be the only one to disagree with the comments below. The sad part of the story is that the alcoholic father always had money for booze and cigarettes but there was no money for food for the kids or clothes either. I believe that a lot of families can relate to this sad state of affairs In any event I found the acting great and it was a good story.

Dec 09, 2017

Disgusting story. Spoiler alert: Yet another movie like Fences in which an abusive father and husband treats his family like dirt and the movie wants us to feel sorry for him. Yuck.

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