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Around the Bend (2004)

Cast: Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Michael Caine, more...
Director: Jordan Roberts, Jordan Roberts
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Four generations of an American family are brought together by difficult circumstances while facing some unpleasant truths in this drama. Henry (Michael Caine) is an elderly man in failing health living in a small town in the Southwest, where he's cared for by his live-in nurse (Glenne Headly). As Henry's condition grows worse, he's joined by his son Turner (Christopher Walken), his grandson Jason (Josh Lucas), and his great-grandson Zach (Jonah Bobo). As the four men deal with Henry's illness, they also try to come to terms with a lifetime's worth of differences between them. Around the Bend is the first feature film from writer and director Jordan Roberts. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Little Too Far (around the bend) by talltale February 28, 2005 - 8:24 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
AROUND THE BEND is memorable mainly for its performances: Michael Caine (seen too briefly), Josh Lucas (warm and hugely appealing) and Christopher Walken (acting his most "normal" since maybe his pre-"Deer Hunter" days) plus lovely supporting turns from Glenne Headly, Gerry Bamman and a great kid named Jonah Bobo. As director, Jordan Roberts brings a good eye for capturing actors' moments and terrific scenic visuals; as the writer, however, he falls short. There's enough eccentricity here to fill ten films, and all the fine acting on view can't conceal the unbelievable nature of the story/script. You may, as I did, stick with it and find yourself moved--while knowing full well how silly it all is.

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(Average 6.20)
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