|Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Coming Of Age, Infidelity, Marriage, Love Triangle|
Tagline: The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.
Plot: Set in the beach community of East Hampton, New York, the film chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children’s books author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. The Coles lovingly parent their surviving child, bright 4-year-old Ruth (Elle Fanning), who takes everything in stride as perhaps only a child can. But Marion’s equation of love with loss, coupled with Ted’s infidelities, points towards a much-needed change in the relationship. That may come in the form of Eddie O’Hare (Jon Foster), the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant – and, Ted hopes, the catalyst to invigorate the Coles’ bond of marriage.
Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted’s erratic work habits soon leave Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emotions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie’s surprise and delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated.
As he becomes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that, similarly, Ted’s surface fecklessness hides something deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of
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As a character study that examines a pair of reprehensible individuals, The Door in the Floor does an excellent job. The problem with the film is simple: how many people want to spend nearly two hours in the company of such characters.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
A goatish Jeff Bridges and a sex-starved Mimi Rogers. A hot Kim Basinger and her horny teen lover. So what went wrong?
--Charles Taylor (Salon)
If there's a true reason to see the film, it would be Jeff Bridges, who once again proves how masterful an actor he is with another terrific performance. B
--Brian Orndorf (FilmJerk.com)
It is an impressive film from the get-go, boasting strong acting and a bold story. And it works, for about an hour. But, during its final fifty minutes, the picture experiences a steady decline, and winds up unsatisfying.
--Danny Baldwin (BucketReviews.com)
“The Door in the Floor” is a fragment passing itself off as a whole, and, for all its handsomeness and its occasional moments of piercing intelligence, it’s a fundamentally depressing piece of work—not because it deals with tragic events and memories butbecause the characters seem hapless and even stupid, and the writer-director can’t, or won’t, take control.
--David Denby (The New Yorker)
Williams tells the tale though with Irving’s quirks intact and has Bridges to pick up the slack whenever it falters. Every film should be that fortunate.
--Erik Childress (eFilmCritic.com)
It may not be a perfect movie, but it moved me. It could make audiences wince and they might not respond favorably to the sexual humor, but you have to admire Williams’ attempt at preserving Irving’s work rather than softening it.
--Collin Souter (eFilmCritic.com)