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Arts & Entertainment
The Savages
By Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
December 4, 2007 
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It’s every child’s dilemma: when to put the parents out to pasture.  Or as Dylan Thomas would have it, how to help them as they kick and scream their way “into that good night.”  Spiked with humor, death is easier—or so we seem to feel in this society, where death is often as closeted as atheism.  Often the best way to get death out into the open is to make it a punch line—and in Tamara Jenkins’ film The Savages, the siblings who must deal with their father’s impending demise find plenty to laugh about, even when yelling into each other’s faces.  With Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman nicely underplaying the estranged siblings who have more in common than they wish to admit, The Savages is as much about going on and moving on as it is about the end.