A divorced, down-and-out boat builder discovers that his 11-year-old son\'s new stepfather is a dangerous criminal when the boy, who often cries wolf, witnesses a murder and confides in him.
John Travolta throws away a loose, easy-going performance in this inept angry dad thriller. He plays a Maryland boat builder who must rescue his son from a charming businessman (Vince Vaughn) who turns out to be – to no one's surprise but the brain-dead local police force – a ruthless criminal. Steve Buscemi shows up early on to give the picture a jolt of sleazy energy, but once he is killed off, all that is left is a routine and unimaginative series of suspense-drama set pieces. – A. O. Scott
2001-11-02 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Domestic Disturbance