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SPOILER-filled Up plot question...

Asked by MrItty (17381points) June 2nd, 2009

DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SEEN THE MOVIE!!!

What was up with the subplot of Russel’s family? All I got were glimpses of ideas:
* His Dad and he used to be close, eating ice cream on the corner.
* His Dad isn’t around much now
* Someone named “Phyllis”, who isn’t his mother, tells him that his Dad thinks he’s annoying (???)
* There is a woman who comes to his badge ceremony, presumably Phyllis, but doesn’t go on the stage with him, even though she presumably knows his Dad isn’t there for him.

Did anyone else get the feeling there was a lot more to Russel’s family story that was cut out of the final film?

Or did I just miss some big detail in there somewhere?

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