The Daytrippers

The Daytrippers

Criterion Collection Edition #1001

With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie film scene. When she discovers a love letter written to her husband (Stanley Tucci) by an unknown paramour, the distraught Eliza (Hope Davis) turns to her tight-knit Long Island family for advice. Soon the entire clan—strong-willed mom (Anne Meara), taciturn dad (Pat McNamara), and jaded sister (Parker Posey) with pretentious boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) in tow—has squeezed into a station wagon and headed into Manhattan to find out the truth, kicking off a one-crazy-day odyssey full of unexpected detours and life-changing revelations. Performed with deadpan virtuosity by a top-flight ensemble cast, THE DAYTRIPPERS is a wry and piercing look at family bonds stretched to the breaking point.

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The Daytrippers
  • The Daytrippers

    Directed by Greg Mottola • 1996 • United States
    Starring Parker Posey, Hope Davis, Liev Schreiber

    With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie film scene....

Extras

  • THE DAYTRIPPERS Commentary

    This commentary was recorded in June 2019 for the Criterion Collection and features writer-director Greg Mottola, editor Anne McCabe, and producer Steven Soderbergh.

  • Mottola, Posey, Schreiber, and Scott on THE DAYTRIPPERS

    This conversation between THE DAYTRIPPERS writer-director Greg Mottola and actors Parker Posey and Liev Schreiber was recorded by the Criterion Collection in New York in June 2019. Actor Campbell Scott joined by phone.

  • Mottola and Davis on THE DAYTRIPPERS

    In this program, THE DAYTRIPPERS writer-director Greg Mottola and actor Hope Davis sit down for a conversation at the Criterion Collection’s New York offices in June 2019.

  • The Hatbox

    This short silent film—the first movie directed by THE DAYTRIPPERS filmmaker Greg Mottola, who also shot and edited it—was made during Mottola’s brief stint at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 1985.

  • THE HATBOX with Commentary

    This short silent film—the first movie directed by THE DAYTRIPPERS filmmaker Greg Mottola, who also shot and edited it—was made during Mottola’s brief stint at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 1985, and includes commentary by Mottola.