Ryan Reynolds and Julia Roberts in The Fireflies in the Garden trailer

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

There’s a general rule in Hollywood that if a movie’s release date keeps getting delayed, then the movie probably isn’t worth watching.  There’s another rule that if the movie sits on a shelf for four years, then it’s pretty much guaranteed to bomb.  In the case of THE FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, the film was shot and finished in 2008 and was even released on DVD in the United Kingdom a couple of years ago.  But it never got a release in the US…until now.  The film is from first time director Dennis Lee, who has only previously directed the Oscar winning short film JESUS HENRY CHRIST.  I’ll warn you; the film is depressing and revolves around a family that suffers an unexpected loss and then deals with various problems they had previously ignored.

Although the film doesn’t seem to have the faith of the studio behind it, it does have an incredible cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hayden Panettiere.  Interestingly enough, Panettiere was nowhere to be found in the trailer.  ‘Heroes’ feels like forever ago.  The film will have a limited release on October 14th.

Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe in Fireflies in the Garden

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