R | | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Many critics have pointed out how the therapy scenes in Ordinary People between Berger/Judd Hirsch and Conrad/Timothy Hutton heavily influenced the therapy scenes between Matt Damon and Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as a variety of other movies Involving troubled characters ... ...
Calvin "Cal" Jarrett:
No don't do that to yourself! Somethings things happen in this world people don't always have the answers for them you know! I don't know what I'm yelling at you for.
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: No that's good! Haul my ass sometimes! You know, the way you used to for him!
Calvin "Cal" Jarrett: Oh ...
While Conrad is watching the swim meet and fighting outside of school, he has a red plaid shirt under a gray sweater. When he arrives back at his grandmother's house and the subsequent scenes, he has a white with thin blue stripes shirt and a beige sweater. This second outfit is what he wore for his date with Jannine, so the sequence at his grandmother's may originally have been intended to occur in the film between the date and the swim meet but later was moved to occur after the swim meet.
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