David, a struggling comedy writer fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and much-younger sisters for the first time in ten years, he feels like a stranger in his childhood home.
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Devastating but not really hard to watch. Plemmons and Shannon are fucking perfect and the script does an ace job at balancing the emotional rollercoaster without being exploitive of the viewer. As someone here said, it doesn't go anywhere deep or offer any kind of new insight into a situation like this (that has been portrayed a million times before), but it does feel like a breath of fresh air nonetheless.
For all of its talk of these "other people" OP is resolutely safe in its solipsism; not one which highlights anything deep in its individualism but rather marvels at the frequent misunderstanding of others. Not a cinematic crime, just indistinct from similar Sundance fare. Contrary to some cancer narratives this one's brutal due to Shannon's committed performance - it's ugly in both moving and discomforting terms.
2.5. Unhappy with the technique of letting every scene anchor itself the anxious reaction shots of the main character. It is still a hard movie to make, and worth commending for at least having great ideas on the level of plotting.
A funny, light, touching little movie. Jesse Plemmon's and Molly Shannon are fantastic. The script is sharp, chronicling the final year of a cancer patient. The drama is heavy when it needs to be, which adds dimension and depth to a otherwise straightforward dramedy. It gels well, much more than say 50/50. Expect to see this one some time this summer with a possible dark horse nomination for Shannon.
Nothing exceptionally unique here but I was sobbing by the end of it so 5/5. I'm a hard cynic so when my pathos is stimulated I become biased for the movie. I liked the fact that the profundities/revelations/insights felt earned and not shoehorned in (which they were).
Hilariously and heartbreakingly depicts the impossibility of pure emotional moments in real life. Nothing is ever so neat as we would like it to be. The ultimate emotional message is a fascinating one, but under-resolved.
Sublime running Train gag.
Not necessarily a great film by any means, but a damn special one. I can't relate to all of the subject matter that this film tackles, but a lot of it really resonated with me. So much so that the last bit had me in tears and I cried for maybe 15 minutes after the film ended. A very personal, intimate, simple yet effective film that completely bowled me over.