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Plot: Griffin is divorced, living in a flat in Manhattan while his sons and ex live in the family home in Westchester. He gets bad news from his oncologist: cancerous lesions have spread through his chest, and he has only a year or so to live. He audits a psychology class on death and dying at a nearby… Runtime: 102 min Release Date: 20 Nov 2006
I feel that this movie has not gotten the credit it deserves. I saw it at the Toronto film festival and was blown away by its thoughtful plot and realism. It's character relationship is unmatched in many films I see today and its capacity to deal with cancer in a real and supportive fashion should be commended. This is a love story of our era and one that all should see.The director was able to take a difficult subject and turn it into a light hearted, real story that allowed the audience to both feel the characters frustration, upset and sorrow as well as laugh and understand their <more>
Dermot Mulroney delivers a spectacular performance in Griffin and Phoenix, which premiered on Lifetime this evening. Mulroney is Griffin, a New Yorker who learns he has cancer and has but a year or two at the most to live. Griffin meets Phoenix Amanda Peet, at her best while taking a class at a university, and he pursues her, not telling her he has cancer. As the two grow closer, he learns something about her he did not expect.Exquisite and bittersweet are two adjectives that come to mind when I think of this movie. This is a love story, a beautiful story that reminded me how important and <more>
short life is. The water tower and lake scenes were amazing. Grab a box of tissues, you will need them. Easily the best I have seen from Lifetime this year.
First, I want a DVD or the chance to tape this movie. Two actors that are not "super" stars but both very capable and respected. It's a story about life, not death. Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney will make you laugh and break your heart. Have the big box of tissue ready, but you'll be a better person for having watched it. The movie hooked me in the first five minutes. I couldn't stop watching, the chemistry just felt so real between the two of them. When I was in high school I read a short story written by a student, "How High the Moon". I know no one knows <more>
it but this story is like that. You think no one else in this world understands what you are thinking right at this moment or what you are going through and you couldn't be more wrong. I only saw it this afternoon and here I am writing my thoughts on it. If you haven't seen it make every effort to. If you're the type that doesn't cry at a movie guess what, there is a first time for everything.
Heart warming tear jerking love story (by melimile)
I think most people agree the movie not getting enough credit. Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney were great choices and both very attractive and had good chemistry. Griffin and Phoenix could be compared to A Walk To Remember and The Notebook. It's one of those sad love stories that make you cry your eyes out yet your happy at the same time.Very heart warming and touching. Definitely worth watching.Watch it on Lifetime and make sure to have your box of tissues and Ben & Jerrys handy
Griffin & Phoenix - a delight! (by tonyw-21)
Ed Stone's directorial debut is a charming and poignant love story. Griffin Dermot Mulroney is a NY insurance broker, diagnosed with cancer and given less than two years to live. Griffin is estranged from his ex and two sons who he doesn't really know as he buries himself in work. Griffin changes when he meets Phoenix Amanda Peet during a university lecture She is a professor who is also obsessed with work. They carry on an enchanting courtship and discover mutual interests, fantasies and indulgences. The film ends when Phoenix reveals her life's secret which binds them <more>
together forever. Amanda Peet Syriana shows her versatility and logs a solid performance! Most intriguing is the title, which Stone chose from historical/mythical origins!
A Different Kind of Love Story: Balance in Life (by gradyharp)
GRIFFIN & PHOENIX is a quiet little made for television film that touches the vulnerable heart. Originally written in 1976 as a television film by John Hill, this thirty-years-later version holds up well, and the fact that audiences will still opt for sensitive stories that treat difficult topics in a mature manner, adding warmly humorous touches to a potentially maudlin idea, speaks well for our continuing tastes.From the opening frames of the film we learn that Griffin Dermot Mulroney has inoperable cancer: his frank and compassionate physician Lois Smith aligns him with reality. <more>
Griffin is a divorced father of two boys and his first attempt to find meaning in his limited time is to spend time with them, an attempt partially thwarted by his ex-wife. Once a workaholic, Griffin attends a class on death and dying at the university and there he meets the rather strange and isolated Phoenix Amanda Peet . Griffin's new take on life encourages him to go after the seemingly impenetrable Phoenix and through a series of wildly frivolous escapades he courts her and they gradually fall in love - something neither felt they could do. They cope with issues of intimacy and finally Phoenix shares her secret with Griffin, a secret that plunges them headlong into a fully blossomed romance. How the two cope with the inevitable is well handled, rarely bordering on sappy, and always holding our compassion.Director Ed Stone paces the film well, inserting moments of extended silence to match the emotional atmosphere, allowing breathing space. Both Peet and Mulroney create believable three-dimensional characters and are well supported by such solid actors as Lois Smith, Sarah Paulson, and Novella Nelson. The story may have sad aspects, but the cast always allows the humor inherent in any life event to come through. And that is one of the several reasons the film works well. Grady Harp
Why They Didn't Give This Film a Singal Oscar nomination !!! (by waelkatkhuda)
I really felt so sad that this film didn't get any nomination for the Oscar , Golden Globe or even for the Bafta Awards The story is so strong , the leading roles by Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulrone were very brilliant. Even the Director Ed Stone gave us a very good Job.the story is a bout a man and a woman falling in love Both having a cancer but without knowing that the other one had it too. Amanda Peet gave us a magnificent Job especially when she gets very angry and hysterical after she thought that her boyfriend aDermot Mulroneynd knew about her disease.I always love to watch a <more>
film with a good Final scene because in my opinion If the film hadn't a good end it will lose almost everything, and trust my the final scene in this film is so lovely and it will make u feel happy even if the story is so sad.
I enjoyed this movie a lot. I don't have much to add about the movie itself which other reviewers haven't covered already; I'm doing a review only because of the polarity of the existing reviews. Most are 8-10 stars; a few are 1 star. Nothing much in between. Well...There are a few points where we can criticize the plot or the editing for not showing this or that. OK. If that bothers you then you should ding it a point or two for those failures. However, it's absurd to rate this a 1/10 for that. The reviews saying this is the worst rom-com ever, etc., are nonsense. The <more>
characters, however incomplete their depiction might be within what is in this film, are warm and sympathetic -- and flawed. Yes, they are imperfect people, and some of their own choices have created some of their problems. Perhaps the movie should have spent more time pointing that out and making it a more central element of the storytelling? You think that would make it a good film, from 1 star to... what? Mulroney and Peet give excellent performances here and they have good on-screen chemistry. The things which are shown tell a story, and it's a story worth seeing. It's not the whole story of either of their lives, but hello, this is one movie. Get real.I don't think "Griffin and Phoenix" quite rates the 10 that many are giving it, because it does have a few flaws, but IMO those flaws are secondary to the high quality of what is shown and of what we feel with these two suffering lovers. There is a lot of success here. Don't let the boo-birds distract you from the treasure.I'll close by saying that I've been a fan of Amanda Peet for a long time, and she's as good here as in anything I've seen from her. Those beautiful eyes of hers are so expressive; she doesn't have to work too hard to hook me in, but it's nice when she does anyway. :-