The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

DVD - 2018
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A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.

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DougD67
Jul 18, 2019

A charming movie, true it's a bit predictable but Sutherland and Mirren are a joy to watch. This film made me cry because they reminded me so much of my own parents. A lot of funny bits, and who doesn't love a Winnebago road trip?

The end is tough, but these are tough issues if you ever had to deal with them, or walked alongside someone who did. Maybe it'll make you think a bit. Besides, it's a movie, if you're looking for a serious discussion on addressing end of life issues please read "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande.

Glorifies Murder Suicide. boo.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

There were a lot of things that surprised me about this movie, namely how hilarious it was. I expected something more dramatic and, well, frankly boring. But there were some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. My heart really went out to Donald Sutherland's character and he played his part very well. I didn't really care for Helen Miran that much but she was good in this and believable in the role of his wife. I really enjoyed the general storyline with the husband and wife going on an adventure together. The RV (camper) reminded me of my grandparents and the trips our family used to take, and the trip in general reminded me of my husband who passed away last month. We traveled frequently on long car trips and by plane so this film was a little bittersweet in that respect. That being said, I cannot believe how horrible the ending was. It was as though whomever wrote this deiced to drop a bomb on the audience after showing them this wonderful film. I seriously almost gave this five stars and I probably would have had it not been for the final scene. It completely ruined the movie. I had fallen asleep watching the film last night and after I woke up I found myself wondering how it turned out. I was completely and utterly disappointed and I can't even believe that the movie went in that direction. It was like a slap in the face and I don't know what the writers was thinking but they should be ashamed.

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dirtbag
Apr 07, 2019

Not for everyone. It is a comedy that is a bit of a downer. I think the dementia portrayal is real for the early part of the disease where people cycle back and forth between their old and "new" selves.

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 19, 2019

I wish I had liked this movie better. I really liked some elements of it, but others I found problematic. I loved the wild road trip in the ancient RV. I loved how Helen Mirren's and Donald Sutherland's characters embraced life and chose to go off on an adventure when facing poor heath instead of staying inside and moping. I found Helen Mirren's character very unlikeable at times, however and her treatment of other characters was sometimes very unpleasant, not funny. I also found it extremely disturbing that Donald Sutherland's character was driving that RV when he was very ill and shouldn't have been driving at all. It is not cool to put other people's lives in danger! I also found the depiction of Donald Sutherland's Alzheimer's very inconsistent as his abilities seem to vary so wildly from one moment to the next. I also did not love the very controversial ending! So while I certainly appreciated the subject matter of this film, and it had lots of really good individual scenes, overall it was a wildly uneven and somewhat confusing blend of a comedy road trip and an exploration of illness and death that didn't always blend together very well.

Ideally, this movie begins with a warning. “Those who value human life will find this movie disturbing. Activists for suicide and euthanasia will find it uplifting.” As a senior citizen who helped family members with dementia, I found it disturbing how the wife bounced back-and-forth between meanness and love. If you really love someone, the meanness, rarely appears, if at all. Her meanness dominated the movie. My wife felt the same way, calling the movie despicable. Our library offers many great training videos and books that help families learn how to treat loved ones with dementia. Obviously, this woman never looked at any of them.

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EvaLynne_59
Jan 31, 2019

Great film, excellent acting, sore topic, definitely worth watching. Sad ending, but sometimes you got to do what you got to do. I do recommend.

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djf045161891
Jan 01, 2019

I enjoyed the cinematography and seeing the world from the view of the aged (including the RV). I found the movie thought provokingly realistic and done with good taste and humor. I had just finished listening to the John McCutcheon song, "Old People in Love"..... "wonder how they do it, what kind of grace gets them through it"; possibly that influenced my take on the movie.

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marinea
Dec 19, 2018

new - old people RV several holds

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BlueHippo
Dec 16, 2018

How you react tot his film will depend on your age, your spiritual or religious beliefs,and your experiences with this type of situation. Donald Sutherland was fantastic! Helen Mirren caputred the character very well (if not the accent). It was a strange role for Ms. Mirren, but I am not sure who could have done a better job. I also enjoyed seeing some of the actors who had small “character-type” roles. I could see the end from about a quarter of the way through the film, so not big reveal for me on that score. However, I thought the journey was worth the time to watch the film.

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