From the opening seconds of DAD, the music gets down to work, telling the audience what to think and feel about the images on-screen. And it's a good thing, since without it the resentment that passes as affection, the manipulation that masquerades as caring, the condescension that
pretends concern would be laid bare for all to see. DAD is more concerned with covering things up than with revealing them. Jake Tremont (Jack Lemmon) is the title dad, now old and increasingly feeble. He's dominated by his resentful wife Bette (Olympia Dukakis), whose chronic sourness and
frustration are meant to be seen as crusty lovableness. But when she suffers a heart attack, Jake i...