Marvin’s Room (1996) – By Jason S. Lockard

"Marvin’s Room” is a film about sacrifice! The woman’s name is Bessie (Diane Keaton) has sacrificed the past twenty years of her life to the care of her dying father and her eccentric aunt. When a visit to the doctor (Robert De Niro) Bessie is told that she has cancer, and she needs a bone marrow transplant. The only candidates for donors are Lee (Meryl Streep), her sister and Lee’s two children (one of them being Leonardo DiCaprio). The two sisters have not so much as exchanged Christmas cards in years. So it would seems Bessie is doomed or is she?

Streep and Keaton, light up the screen as the dysfunctional sisters. Leonardo DiCaprio is simply mesmerizing as the troubled teen Hank, and how can you not want to watch Hume Cronyn in his final appearance in a theatrical film. The acting in this film is stellar, the direction is spot on and the story moves along swimmingly.

Films about dysfunctional families are not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does resonate with everyone. No family is perfect and gets along all the time, but the statement "blood is thicker than water" is true and when one family member is in trouble more often than not another comes to their rescue!

While the DVD is bare bones and doesn’t have any bonus features the film is good awesome and for just $7 it’s not bad. Now with the Blu Ray at only $15 you get some good bonus features. Marvin’s Song is a film we should all sit down with the family and realize that blood is thicker than water. Visit Echo Bridge Website at and pick up your copy today! You won’t be disappointed!

Moral Rating: Adult Language
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Drama
Length: 100 Minutes
DVD Released: 2013
Our DVD Rating: B+