After the revolution

Sexual liberation comes to the suburbs in The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm has no such anchor. All the adults are at sea; they are at best ineffectual. And most of the kids are equally lost souls. (In a running gag, the town's hip minister seems just as morally lost as the rest.) Only Paul, who narrates the story, comes through relatively unscathed, and he inhabits a different world than the rest of the characters: His role is so subsidiary and tangential to the main action that his appearance in the final scenes is almost jarring.

The Ice Storm.
Directed by Ang Lee. Written by James Schamus; based on the novel by Rick Moody. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, Adam Hann-Byrd, Jamey Sheridan, Katie Holmes, and Henry Czerny. Opens Friday.

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