Best Movies by Farr

Ordinary People

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What's it About

Adolescent Conrad Jarrett (Hutton) must rebuild his life after he and his older brother experience a horrific boating accident, and only he survives. Ironically, his biggest obstacle lies with his own mother (Moore), who irrationally seems to blame Conrad for the death of her favorite son. Meanwhile, Conrad’s dad (Sutherland) is lost in denial.

Why we love it

This harrowing, penetrating film deservedly won Oscars for first-time director Redford, screenwriter Alvin Sargent, and newcomer Hutton. Casting TV comedienne Moore against type pays off as well: she essays the part of a WASP ice princess with unnerving precision, while Sutherland tackles the thankless role of a father still unable to come to grips with what’s happening around him. Judd Hirsch also registers as the shrink we’d all like to have. An unqualified triumph.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"