The Savages

Synopsis: Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Tamara Jenkins
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

I don't want to play in your yard

I don't like you anymore

You'll be sorry

When you see me

Sliding down

Our cellar door

You can't holler

Down our rain barrel

You can't climb our apple tree

I don't want to play

In your yard

If you can't be good to me

Somebody forgot

something in the bathroom.

Lenny, you forgot to flush.

I'm eating my cereal.

Don't you see?

I need to use the restroom.

- So flush it.

- I'm not a housekeeper, remember?

I'm a home health-care professional.

Not mine. You're hers.

Go bother her. I'm eating.

Go take care of your business

in the bathroom, Mr. Savage.

You do it.

As you already pointed out,

you are not under my jurisdiction.

I'm not paid to take care of your sh*t.

What the hell are you doing?

Take care of your business in the bathroom,

and I'll give you back your Wheat Chex.

Son of a b*tch.

Are you cleaning up after yourself,

Mr. Savage?

Way out on the briny

With the moon big and shiny

- Lenny?

- Melting your heart

Of stone

I'd love to get you

On a slow boat to China

I don't hear a flush, Lenny.

All by myself, alone


Fasten your seat belts.

It's going to be a bumpy night.

That was

Bette Davis as Margo Channing...

and this is Wendy Savage as herself.

Leave me a message after the...

Aloha, Wendy.

This is Nancy Lachman, Doris Metzger's

daughter, calling from Honolulu.

I'm calling because... Well, I just got

a very disturbing call from Arizona.

There's been some trouble with your dad.

Dear Selection Committee...

If awarded your prestigious fellowship...

for artistic creation...

I would use the money...

to complete the writing and research...

of my new semi-autobiographical play-

No, wait.

My new...


semi-autobiographical play...

about my childhood, entitled...

Wake Me When It's Over.

- Hey, Wen.

- Hi, Matt.

- How's it going? Getting anywhere?

- Just trying to power through.

Oh, yeah. Just do what you can.

Don't kill yourself.

Inspired by the work of Jean Genet...

the can'toons of Lynda Barry...

and the family dramas

of Eugene O'Neill...

Wake Me When It's Over

tells the story...

of a brother and sister who...

after being abandoned

by their abusive father...

are forced to fend for themselves...

when their depressive mother

goes out on a date...

from which she never returns.

Thank you for considering my proposal.

Sincerely yours, Wendy Savage.

Hello. Hello.

You have two new messages:

Ms. Savage, this is Donna

from Dr. Reichmars office.

I'm just calling to let you know...

that your Pap smear results

came back today and it's normal.

Everything's fine,

so there's nothing to worry about.

If you have any questions regarding the test, give me...

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Is this a bad time? I saw your lights come on.

- No. I'm just...

- You know...

- Oh, okay, then.

- No. I don't want to disturb you if you're...

- No, do, if you can.

Can you?

I got Marley.

- Let's move to the bed.

- No, I like it here. Let's do it on the floor.

- No, come on, Larry.

- I need you to feel how hard my cock is.

I don't want to! The floor is gross.

You used to like it on the floor.

When you first moved in, remember?

Yeah, well, not anymore.

It's middle-aged and depressing.

It makes me want to cry.

- Come here, sweetie.

- What's the matter?

Come here, good girl. There we go.

- What?

- I've got things going on.

- What things?

- Just... things.

Larry, things. It's personal.

I thought this was personal.

Oh, personal... medical.


It's cervical.

I had a Pap smear.

Something was irregular.

Then I had to have another Pap smear.

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Tamara Jenkins

Tamara Jenkins (born May 2, 1962) is an American screenwriter, film director, and occasional actress. She is best known for her feature films Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and The Savages (2007). more…

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