The message is about building a strong relationship and preparing his sons for life in this super hit comedy; “Coupe De Ville.” A strong father decides the best way to bring his sons back together in preparation of a life changing event is to task them with delivering a mint condition, powder blue 1954 Coupe de Ville Cadillac home.
Patrick Dempsey takes top billing in this drama which is emotional, comedic and serious all in one glance. Not since early childhood have the three seen each other. The eldest Marvin is played by Daniel Stern; Middle son Buddy, is played by Arye Gross and the youngest son Bobby is played by Patrick Dempsey. Each has received instruction with all given the task deliver the Coupe de Ville without incident. However, they have to relearn each other and build a relationship left torn from their childhood, before the task is completed.
The Libner brothers: one military, one academic and another still trying to get out of hot water from school incidents, are instructed to pick up a Cadillac and drive it home. They are given strict guidance from their father, Fred Libner played by Alan Arkin.
In each brother, you see some of the dad as he belts out instructions totally confusing the sons yet, dictating a type of authority level in each son. They each hate the one thing each has in common. Before returning home, they rediscover themselves while battling. Along the way, they are met with resistance from the law, a jealous boyfriend but gaining and restoring a loyalty to their relationship.
Dempsey enters the movie doing a bad boy interpretation to the beat of “The Wanderer.” That scene alone could have propelled him from the college nerd image role of the 80’s and 90’s to ‘Most attractive male actor’ almost overnight.
When dad realizes he must do something to restore the family, ignite loyalty and togetherness in his sons, he does it absolutely wonderfully in the way he dictates loyalty by charging his sons in this one duty.
This movie is one for all families to watch. The subtle message in the directions given can be missed if you fail to watch it for more than just the entertainment and not for the message.
” Coupe de Ville” did not get the numbers in recognition and acting because of promotion. Family loyalty, restoring relationships are all common in this movie as it sends a strong message to families regarding the value in love, loyalty, togetherness, sharing and valuing the time we have together.
Alan Arkin – Fred Libner
Patrick Dempsey – Robert “Bobby’ Libner
Arye Gross – Buddy Libner
Daniel Stern – Marvin Libner
Rita Taggert – Betty Libner