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On the SIXTH DAY of spring break I got out of bed before noon believing that it’s dumb and futile to be so depressed just because everything seems dumb and futile. There’s no way that ‘everything seeming dumb and futile’ isn’t liberating in a lot of ways.
The Corrections, a story that centers on the dissolution of a dysfunctional Midwestern family, was ready to make its small-screen debut with help from Franzen himself, who co-wrote the script. He wasn’t the only big name that believed in the project — director Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin were on board, along with an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllnehaal, Chris Cooper, and Dianne Wiest.
There’s a class of movie that has at its center the basic idea of “character who has everything on the outside, but has just figured out that s/he has nothing on the inside.” Arguably one of the lessons of these kinds of movies is something like “Money doesn’t buy happiness,” but somehow, some films seem to glamorize both the affluence and the emptiness that may come along with such a lifestyle…