Case Number 20087: Small Claims Court


Image Entertainment // 2009 // 97 Minutes // Rated PG
Reviewed by Appellate Judge James A. Stewart (Retired) // November 11th, 2010

The Charge

"Why would we want to bring a woman into this paradise?"

The Case

Seth Atkins (Richard Dreyfuss, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) is more or less alone, and he likes it that way. He's a confirmed bachelor, and he's the chief lighthouse keeper at Cape Cod. Trouble is, his assistant didn't like it that way -- and quit. Enter John Brown (Tom Wisdom, Pirate Radio), who literally washes up on shore, explaining that he fell off a steamer. Atkins wonders about Brown's story, but Brown seems to take to the reclusive life of lighthouse keeping, even though Atkins is sure he's "a rich man's son." The two men become friends, and vow to swear off women.

Naturally, two attractive women appear and take up occupancy in the neighboring cottage. The only question in The Lightkeepers is: which man is going to break his vow first?

The likability that Dreyfuss gives a bitter, cranky character is surprising, but there's little else that you wouldn't expect from this movie. Still, Dreyfuss gives the movie a slight edge that makes it more entertaining than the typical romantic drama. The performances are good all around, especially from Blythe Danner (1776) as the woman who you just know will melt Dreyfuss' heart.

I had a screener copy, but the lighthouse and environs look great, and a scenic backdrop's a plus for a romantic story. The music's not bad, but it had too much of a contemporary feel for a movie set in 1912. I could find no extras, although the listing includes cast and crew interviews.

There's nothing that reinvents the wheel here, but it's well-done, and you might just like it if you check it out.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 92

Perp Profile
Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* None

Running Time: 97 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Rated PG

Distinguishing Marks
* Interviews

* IMDb