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The Daytrippers1997

The Daytrippers (1997)



Critic Consensus: Its modest scale and scabrous sense of humor may feel more punishing than funny for some, but an excellent cast and authentic sense of place make The Daytrippers a smooth ride.

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The debut from writer/director Greg Mottola, The Daytrippers follows a Long Island family as they make a disastrous journey into New York City. The impetus is a love letter discovered by suburbanite Eliza (Hope Davis) which seemingly incriminates her publisher husband Louis (Stanley Tucci) in an extramarital affair. To solve the mystery, Eliza, her parents (Anne Meara and Pat McNamara), her oddball sister Jo (Parker Posey) and Jo's boyfriend Carl (Liev Schreiber) all pile into the family station wagon in a misbegotten attempt to track Louis down. Beginning as a playful, satiric look at family dynamics, The Daytrippers occasionally loses its way, becoming increasingly dark and venomous as it rushes towards the revelations of its final moments. For all of its flaws, however, it's often an engaging debut.

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Hope Davis
as Eliza D'Amico
Stanley Tucci
as Louis D'Amico
Parker Posey
as Jo Malone
Anne Meara
as Rita Malone
Pat McNamara
as Jim Malone
Andy Brown
as Ronnie
Paul Herman
as Leon, Ronnie's Father
Marc Grapey
as Aaron, the Book Publicist
Amy Stiller
as Amy Corinne Fairbright-Lebow
Stephanie Venditto
as Cassandra, the Receptionist
Peter Askin
as Nick Woodman
Adam Davidson
as Libby's Ex-Boyfriend
Jill Rowe
as Monica
Tracey Barry
as Monica's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Daytrippers

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Thanks to the superb cast and Mottola's deft touch, this modest-looking comedy proves quite memorable.

November 20, 2008 | Full Review…
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A spirited cast, including old pros Amma Meara and younger talent Parker Posey and Stanley Tucci, elevates this claustrophobic sitcom (most of whiche is set in a car) into something fluffier and funnier than it actually is.

June 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

I do not mean to criticize Meara herself. She is, almost by definition, superb at her assignment here, which is to create an insufferable mother. The film's problem is that she does it so well.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Criterion's new release allows this bittersweet tale of becoming to reach a wider audience.

December 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The climactic twist is not only obvious but also registers as a stunt, and the ending is far too abrupt. On the plus side, the performances are uniformly excellent.

November 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A cautionary tale of sorts that also humorously pokes at the kookiness of family.

November 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Daytrippers

It was very, I don't know, sleepy? Weird, surreal stuff started happening in the middle of these long pauses of nothing. And I spent the entire half of the movie thinking Parker Posey's character had some kind of a mental defect, which I don't think was how she was meant to be interpreted.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


wonderful slice of life picture

jay nixon
jay nixon

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