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).
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.
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.
8/10. Equally parts humorous and devastating, OTHER PEOPLE watches as a young man says goodbye to his dying mother. Molly Shannon's performance here is grounded, funny and heart breaking. The film does falter occasionally with some self-indulgent moments. The protagonist is also gay and a struggling comedy writer, elements of the story that do occasionally serve to distract from the more interesting family dynamic.
A tad typical - does not strive to be more than every other family dramedy. I love the themes covered, but other movies have covered these topics more affectively for me: sickness - '50/50'; mother-son relationship - 'Mommy'; homosexuality - 'Weekend'. 'The Skeleton Twins' is a similar family dramedy that hit me in a special way; I suspect this film will find people who find more in it than I did.