Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a married couple who move in to a beautiful house in an upper class neighborhood, their hold on the American Dream firm and unshakeable…until Joel Edgerton (also the Writer/Director of “The Gift”) enters their lives.   Bateman and Edgerton, having known each other as teenagers going to the same school, make an awkward attempt to catch up during dinner at the Bateman/Hall house.  Edgerton, of course, arrives with a gift, and there is clearly an uneasiness between Edgerton and Bateman.   At the end of this dinner, Bateman hopes to never see Edgerton anymore, but Edgerton has other ideas, and keeps popping up at the house like a lonely, stray cat looking for scraps of food and some attention.

With each visit, Edgerton brings a gift for Bateman/Hall.  The gifts are at first welcomed; but as the relationship between Bateman and Edgerton sours, the gifts become menacing, culminating in the final gift which is the most damaging and shocking to Bateman’s life.

Second place for my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Bateman confesses to Hall as to why Edgerton has a grudge against him.  That’s all I’ll say about this scene so as not to spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie.

First place for my most memorable, movie moment of “The Gift” is the scene when Bateman and Hall are at Edgerton’s “home,” and Edgerton suddenly leaves for a few minutes.  Bateman starts making fun of Edgerton, sticking his hand down his pants and sticking out a finger through the zipper and pretending to be Edgerton, wanting to have creepy sex with Hall using his creepy pee pee.  Ha ha ha!  Bateman’s comedic talents came through with a vengeance in this scene.

“The Gift” is not your average suspense/thriller flick.  Edgerton the writer/director wisely restrains the story to keep it from becoming generic and predictable.   Some may find this boring — I didn’t.  It’s a well told story that slowly builds the suspense and offers modest surprises and twists that fans of this genre will enjoy.

— M

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