Red Road

Starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet. Directed by Jesse Peretz
Running Time: 91 mins
Rated: Rated M (infrequent moderate coarse language, moderate sexual references)

A brief, sometimes breezy, sometimes blustery, romantic comedy - about marrieds. Zach Braff (Garden State, Scrubs, The Last Kiss) is a restaurant chef who stands up to his puffed up boss (Paul Rudd) and finds himself sacked just as he expected to be promoted. His wife (Amanda Peet) goes into labour and they have a beautiful son.

What is to be done? Go back to Ohio and work for his father-in-law in a sales company that has overdosed on New Age camaraderie and creativity. Dad is played by Charles Grodin and mum by Mia Farrow.

However, there is a demonic Iago at work who used to date 's wife, now finds all kinds of insidious, sneering but surface respectable ways of putting down, undermining him, while he plans to go to a top firm in Barcelona. All of which comes to a comeuppance head but not until after some hard slapstick as tries to defend himself (and gets himself further in a mess) because is a wheelchair bound paraplegic. Is played by Jason Bateman with quite some relish.

The film is in favour of marriage and love, shows the difficulties (and some amateur counsellor's attempts to resolve conflicts), the hardships in trying to work while continually under pressure.

In many ways, it's a throwaway film but one that is entertaining enough while on screen.

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Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.

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