Although it might be fun to be a fly on the wall. In The Dinner, a retired history teacher and his estranged politician brother and their wives meet for a tense meeting at an upscale restaurant. On the menu: a discussion of what to do about their teenage boys who have committed some unspecified–but nasty–crime involving arson. Though they were caught on camera and their act has “shocked the nation,” so far, no one but the family knows who the boys are.
Described as a “a chilling parable about the savage reality hidden beneath the surface of middle class lives” the movie looks to be one that viewers can watch in horrified fascination, with the certain smug knowledge that, no matter how awful their families are, at least they haven’t been quite that awful. The trailer also raises parenting questions like: Should you let your sixteen year old get away with something horrible? Will letting him get away with it improve his future, or damn him to a downward spiral? Should parents answer their children’s phones? And, if it is only “middle class” horror that is being revealed, does that mean only the history brother and his wife are at fault? Or do we already know people who can afford exclusive restaurants are savage and so don’t care?
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Synopsis for The Dinner
When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love.
A riveting story filled with many shocking twists and turns, THE DINNER is a chilling parable about the savage reality hidden beneath the surface of middle class lives.