Lymelife (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Lymelife (2008)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 5,838 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 23 October 2009 (Poland)
  • Runtime: Argentina:95 min | USA:95 min
  • Filming Location: Montclair High School – 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  • Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $429,307(USA)(13 July 2009)
  • Director: Derick Martini
  • Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin and Jill Hennessy
  • Original Music By: Steven Martini   
  • Soundtrack: Ten Commandments of Love
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)
  • Plot Keyword: Marriage | First Love | Lyme Disease | Divorce | American Dream

Writing Credits By:

  • Derick Martini (written by) &
  • Steven Martini (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The script was developed at the 2002 Sundance filmmaker’s lab and was one of the focal points of the Robert Redford produced documentary Sundance 20, which is an inside look at the lab’s process.
  • During production, Alec Baldwin worked 7-day weeks, splitting his days between the film and the television series 30 Rock.
  • The role of Mickey Bartlett was written with Alec Baldwin in mind.
  • The film is loosely based on the Martinis’ own childhood experiences.
  • While the film was being developed at the Sundance filmmaker’s lab, Kieran Culkin played the role of Scott in all of the experimental scenes the Martinis shot. When it came time to make the film for real, Kieran’s younger brother, Rory Culkin was offered the role because Kieran had become too old to play it. After reading the script and watching the experimental scenes from the lab, Rory said yes.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh had been attached for the role of Brenda Barlett for many years. But when the film finally came into production she wasn’t available. Jill Hennessy replaced her.
  • Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling were also attached to the film in its early stages.
  • Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Rory Culkin, Timothy Hutton and Kieran Culkin were attached to the film for four years.
  • Recipient of the Toronto Film Festival’s International Critic’s Award.
  • During a Q&A at Sundance Film Festival, Director Derick Martini reported working with a budget of $1.5 million.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Towards the end, the school bus that comes to pick up Scott and Adrianna is a Navistar 3800 model which was not introduced until 1989. In fact, Navistar wasn't even a company name until 1986. In the 1970's, that company would have been known as International Harvester.

Plot: A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage. Full summary » |  »

Story: Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change.Written by TIFF  

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Produced By:

  • Alec Baldwin known as producer
  • William Baldwin known as co-producer
  • Jonathan Cornick known as producer (as Jon Cornick)
  • Barbara De Fina known as producer (as Barbara DeFina)
  • Michael G. Jefferson known as co-producer
  • Leonard Loventhal known as executive producer
  • Steven Martini known as producer
  • Tiffany Nishimoto known as co-producer
  • Jamin O'Brien known as co-producer
  • Jamin O'Brien known as line producer
  • Martin Scorsese known as executive producer
  • Arvind Singh known as associate producer
  • Angela Somerville known as producer
  • Michele Tayler known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rory Culkin known as Scott Bartlett
  • Alec Baldwin known as Mickey Bartlett
  • Jill Hennessy known as Brenda Bartlett
  • Emma Roberts known as Adrianna Bragg
  • Timothy Hutton known as Charlie Bragg
  • Cynthia Nixon known as Melissa Bragg
  • Logan Huffman known as Blaze Salado
  • Brandon Thane Wilson known as Stuart
  • Adam Scarimbolo known as Todd O'Leary
  • Kieran Culkin known as Jimmy Bartlett
  • Phillip Pennestri known as Father Pazzo
  • Louis Ruffolo Jr. known as Bartender
  • Isabella David known as Covergirl (uncredited)
  • Derick Martini known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Matthew Martini known as Jimmy's Friend (uncredited)
  • Steven Martini known as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Artie Pasquale known as Family Guest (uncredited)
  • Harry L. Seddon known as Party Supervisor (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Donna Marie Fischetto known as hair department head
  • Leo Won known as makeup department head
  • Ande Yung known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jamie Arbuckle known as set dresser
  • Sarah Berney known as charge/camera scenic artist
  • Joel Custer known as set dresser
  • Neil Driscoll Jr. known as lead man
  • Martin Eisler known as main graphics
  • Katie Kemsley known as scenic artist
  • Elizabeth 'Biz' Lynch known as art department intern
  • Natalie McKeever known as art intern
  • Danny Rovira known as construction coordinator
  • Michael Saccio known as property master
  • Courtney Schmidt known as property master
  • Diana Shaller known as scenic artist
  • Dennis Tillberg known as scenic artist
  • Nicole Wielga known as art intern
  • Tomas Zeman known as art coordinator


Production Companies:

  • Bartlett Films
  • Cappa Defina Productions
  • Cappa Productions
  • El Dorado Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • IndieClear  script clearance
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
  • Post Logic Studios  digital intermediate
  • Slick Sounds  sound post-production
  • Sundance Institute, The  developed through the


  • Art Free (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Cinemavault (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Primer Plano Film Group (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Screen Media Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Syrena Films (2010) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2011) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Screen Media Ventures
  • Telepool (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 16 January 2009 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • USA 1 April 2009 (Gen Art Film Festival)
  • Canada 8 April 2009 (limited)
  • USA 8 April 2009 (limited)
  • USA 23 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 13 September 2009 (Film by the Sea Film Festival)
  • Greece 25 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Poland 13 October 2009 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • Brazil 23 October 2009 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Poland 23 October 2009
  • Russia 12 November 2009
  • Australia 2 April 2010 (limited)
  • Greece 6 May 2010
  • UK 2 July 2010 (limited)
  • South Korea 2 September 2010
  • Denmark 1 October 2010 (limited)
  • Germany 10 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 12 March 2011 (TV premiere)
  • Sweden 16 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 14 July 2011

MPAA: Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use


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