April 8th 2009
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 93 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts, Adam Scarimbolo, Phillip Pennestri, Logan Huffman, Derick Martini, Steven Martini, Matthew Martini, Brandon Thane Wilson
  • Director: Derick Martini
  • Writers: Derick Martini, Steven Martini
  • Producers: Alec Baldwin, Jonathan Cornick, Barbara De Fina, Steven Martini, Angela Somerville, Michele Tayler
  • Co Producers: Michael G. Jefferson, Jamin O'Brien
  • Executive Producers: Leonard Loventhal, Martin Scorsese
  • Casting: Eyde Belasco
  • Costume Design: Erika Munro
  • D.O.P.: Frank Godwin
  • Editors: Derick Martini, Steven Martini, Mark Yoshikawa
  • Makeup: Leo Won
  • Music: Steven Martini
  • Production Design: Kelly McGehee
  • Set Decoration: Kelley Burney


From executive producer Martin Scorsese and producer Alec Baldwin comes "Lymelife," a funny, biting and loving tribute to the American family directed by Derick Martini, making his directorial debut. Award-winning filmmakers Derick and his brother Steven collaborated on the script based on their experiences growing up on suburban Long Island.

"Lymelife," a story about the dark side of suburban paradise and the loss of innocence centers on two deeply troubled, dysfunctional families during the late 1970s. The film revolves around an awkward, sensitive 15-year old boy, Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin), whose family life is turned upside-down after an outbreak of Lyme disease hits the community spreading illness and paranoia. Scott's parents -- a workaholic father, Mickey (Alec Baldwin) and an overprotective mother, Brenda (Jill Hennessy) -- are on the verge of a divorce as his older brother Jim (Kieran Culkin) is about to ship off for war.

Complicating matters, Scott has fallen in love with his next door neighbor, Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts). Adrianna seems to be the only person in the world who understands Scott demonstrated by her equally troubled, less affluent family including an uptight mother, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon), carrying on a not-so-clandestine love affair, and a father, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), slowly slipping away from the effects of Lyme disease. Both profoundly funny and deeply moving, "Lymelife" looks at first love and family dynamics during a time of drastic economic and cultural change.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New Jersey, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language, some sexual content, violence and drug use
  • Production Budget: $1.5 million
  • Production Companies: A Martini Bros. Production, Bartlett Films, Cappa Defina Productions, El Dorado Pictures

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During production, Alec Baldwin worked 7-day weeks, splitting his days between the film and the television series "30 Rock" (2006).

The screenplay is based on the Martini's own childhood.

The project was developed during the 2001 Sundance Filmmakers Lab.

Kieran Culkin shot experimental scenes as Scott Bartlett. He's since been replaced by Rory Culkin, as he's grown too old for his original role. He'll now play an older brother, Jimmy Bartlett.

Jennifer Jason Leigh had been attached for the role of Brenda Barlett for many years. But when the film finally came into production she wasn't available. Jill Hennessy replaced her.

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling were also attached to the film in its early stages.

Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Rory Culkin, Timothy Hutton and Kieran Culkin were attached to the film for four years.

Recipient of the Toronto Film Festival's International Critic's Award.

During a Q&A at Sundance Film Festival, Director Derick Martini reported working with a budget of $1.5 million.

Was accepted into both the Toronto International Film Festival and The Sundance Film Festival.

Dedicated to Derick Martini's late grandparents.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 23 October 2009: Poland