Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca’s experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason – the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca’s fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.
Rabbit Hole is based on the Broadway play, which I happened to have seen. This one stars Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman, with Dianne Wiest and Sandra Oh. This very different from the play with several exceptions, and I don’t think that the changes really benefited the story very much. In the play you don’t understand till very far in that we see a woman folding a five year old’s clothes and that she’s very unhappy and she’s got a marriage that’s falling apart — we really don’t know why until fairly far into the play. From the movie we know from the get go. And I just don’t think it worked as well. It’s a sad story. It’s true that parents who lose children have terrible marriage problems, but this one I think was grim and sad for no particular payoff, so I give it one star.