Director: Matt Ross. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Missi Pyle. 118 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.
Father forces an intense mental and physical education on his six children in the forest; also known as child abuse/torture. Imposing ideologies on children by selfish parents is not limited to hermits in a forest, but rather the rule (religious upbringing, anyone?). So the film is controversial from the get-go. The problem is, under the guise of "playing fair", the film-makers avoid taking sides, and fail miserably. You're not sure what their take-home message is, and the final 20 minutes can easily be cut out without affecting the story. Either take a stand, or don't make a disputable movie.