Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.

Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Audio Signature Classical Collection (Blu-ray)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D (Blu-ray)
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Battle Royale (Blu-ray)
Batman: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Blu-ray)
Los Angeles Kings: 2014 Stanley Cup Champions (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Blacklist: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
Leviathan (Blu-ray)
Cuban Fury (Blu-ray)
The Smurfs 2 (Blu-ray)
House of Cards: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
The Big Chill (Blu-ray)
Oldboy (Blu-ray)
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Double Pack (Blu-ray)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray)
Herzog: The Collection (Blu-ray)
Cannibal Holocaust (Blu-ray)

Fireflies in the Garden

2008 | R | 2.39:1

Fireflies in the Garden


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

User reviews

No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal



Theatrical release date

 14 October, 2011
 29 May, 2009

Country of origin

 United States

Box office




Overview Preview Cast & crew Screenshots User reviews News Forum

Fireflies in the Garden


Fireflies in the Garden Preview  

 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, October 13, 2011

“Fireflies in the Garden” has endured a rough ride to a U.S. theatrical liberation. Shot over four years ago, the domestic drama has seen its fair share of missed released dates and wary studios, though I’m not exactly sure why. Although far from perfect, the feature remains an honestly felt motion picture about the complexities of behavior and the wrenching pull of regret, using games of secrets and revelations to manipulate the characters into positions of remembrance. It doesn’t add up to much, but it seems writer/director Dennis Lee never intended it to, embracing the undeclared bonds of life, permitting viewers to study relationships and true levels of hostility.

A popular writer dealing with immense personal issues, Michael Taylor (Ryan Reynolds) has returned to his childhood home to celebrate his mother Lisa’s (Julia Roberts) graduation. Instead of merriment, the day turns tragic when Lisa is killed in a car accident involving her nephew, Christopher (Chase Ellison). Now without the heart of the family, Michael is forced to deal directly with his domineering father Charles (Willem Dafoe), sympathetic Aunt Jane (Emily Watson), sister Ryne (Shannon Lucio), and ex-wife Kelly (Carrie-Anne Moss). Reflecting on his troubled childhood and peculiar relationship with Jane (the pair is played in flashbacks by Cayden Boyd and Hayden Panettiere), Michael’s burns with difficult memories, striving to make sense of Charles’s aggressive demeanor and his mother’s infinite kindness in the face of total contempt. Accepting a more mature role in the grieving process, Michael looks to soothe Christopher’s pain, also facing his latest manuscript, a book containing family secrets that unsettles Jane.

Inspired by the Robert Frost poem, “Fireflies in the Garden” won’t win any awards for originality, covering familiar ground laid out in many disgruntled family sagas, displaying angelic mothers, anxious siblings, and abusive fathers. Lee shows interest in battling the clichés, taking a slightly crooked look at the inner turmoil of the characters, working to understand these personalities on an intimate scale. It’s a story of secrets but never hits too hard on the obvious, going for gradual revelations instead of repeated shocks. Lee doesn’t explain a whole lot here, preferring to let his audience connect the pieces in a few of the subplots, including an odd sexual tension between young Michael and Jane. With only a few years separating them and a summer spent sharing a living space, the pair connects tenderly but never explicitly, creating a question of intimacy that’s never directly confronted, communicated through odd touches and pauses.

There’s a feel of restraint to “Fireflies” that’s stimulating, electing to arrange small puzzles instead of storming around in tears, screaming at the heavens. Michael is kept a reserved fellow with an enormous burden of guilt and confusion, attempting to process the disdain his father has always showed him and the unnecessary patience his mother retained. Funneling his feelings into the manuscript, Michael is at the brink of torching his life, yet this reunion with estranged loved ones forces him to confront such powerful discontent, finding a cycle of despondency carrying over to boy who believes he killed his beloved aunt. Lee refuses neat dramatic lines, creating plausible unrest, helped in part by Reynolds’s gentle, reflective performance, offering tortured looks more powerful than any dialogue.

Dafoe’s growling father routine is unforgivably broad and Kelly isn’t nearly the critical character she appears to have been at one point in the script, yet I found myself somewhat moved by this picture, even with its formulaic ways. Lee finds a soul to the piece that’s worth a look, and the enigmatic aspects of the story are compelling, even when the filmmaker refuses to provide hard answers to the questions raised. It’s a family drama featuring occasional tragedy, with gently arranged conflicts and confessions from Lee, relying on his skilled cast to communicate the unspoken frustrations coming to a boil once the most beloved member of the family has passed away.

Those who naturally gravitate to this syrupy genre shouldn’t be disappointed, as “Fireflies in the Garden” is consistent with tender moments and agonized recollections, spread across a tempestuous family dynamic. Lee doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but he finds a few pleasing angles to explore, keeping the feature as human as possible.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Julia Roberts, Hayden Panettiere
Director: Dennis Lee

» See full cast & crew

Fireflies in the Garden, Forum Discussions

Last post
Fireflies in the Garden (2008) 0 Apr 14, 2010

Have you seen this movie?

Rate and write your own review


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Noah
2. Noah
3. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
4. Noah
5. The Other Woman
6. The Great Race
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion P...
8. Jaws
9. The Legend of Billie Jean
10. Source Code
11. Scanners
12. Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Co...
13. Insomnia
14. Inside Llewyn Davis
15. The Big Chill

Trending in Theaters
1. Lucy
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3. Noah
4. Hercules
5. The LEGO Movie
6. God's Not Dead
7. Sabotage
8. Maleficent
9. 300: Rise of an Empire
10. Transformers: Age of Extinction
11. Guardians of the Galaxy
12. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13. The Purge: Anarchy
14. X-Men: Days of Future Past
15. RoboCop

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Predator Bundle
2.  The Lord of the Rings: The Motion P...
3.  Noah
4.  Divergent
5.  Pacific Rim 3D
6.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
7.  The LEGO Movie
8.  Battle Royale
9.  Batman: The Complete Series
10.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Divergent
2.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
3.  Batman: The Complete Series
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
6.  Godzilla 3D
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
8.  How to Train Your Dragon 2
9.  Lucy
10.  Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Double Pack
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Predator Bundle
$19.99, Save 50%
2.  Noah
$17.99, Save 55%
3.  Divergent
$19.96, Save 50%
4.  The LEGO Movie
$17.96, Save 50%
5.  Battle Royale
$12.99, Save 68%
6.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
$19.99, Save 50%
7.  Pacific Rim
$9.99, Save 60%
8.  The Other Woman
$19.99, Save 50%
9.  Rio 2 3D
$22.99, Save 54%
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
$24.96, Save 46%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Audio Signature Classical Collection

 United States

$219.99 $144.01

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D

 United States

$45.99 $24.96

The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series

 United States

$349.98 $74.35

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices