Lonesome Jim details
|Starring:||Mark Boone, Casey Affleck, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Corrigan, Seymour Cassel, Liv Tyler, Jack Rovello, Rachel Strouse, Sarah Strouse|
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Aug 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Little less lonesomeBy a customer from Hove , 27 Aug 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of those funny little indie films where the characters are living tedious, depressed lives in mid-America, with little hope that anything much will change for them, and the protagonist goes on an existential journey waiting for something to happen or someone to come along to provide the catalyst for transformation.
I started out thinking that this was just going to be too flat and dull - these people are, with the exception of the mom and the nurse, exceptionally depressed - and I hovered over the Eject button a couple of times, wondering whether I'd had enough. BUT things started moving along - a few lines of great, funny dialogue, acute observation, nice bit of acting - and I stayed with it. It has to be said that only an actor of Affleck's capabilities and charm could sustain such interest, but it was worth making the journey with him.
Aside from very little going on in terms of action for much of the film, I think part of the difficulty of watching was that - well, his character reminds us of our own great well of potential unhappiness, and it's deeply uncomfortable to have that put in front of your face like a mirror. So it is genuinely heartening when his character finally discovers that it is the small things that sustain you, make your life what it is: acts of love, friendship and kindness, that sometimes it's better to stay than to escape, and the realisation that, ultimately you are the only one who can save yourself from despair.
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Low key masterclassBy Appleford (17 reviews) , 07 Aug 2013Given a national industry that produces so many crass blockbusterish turkeys of films, American film-makers are in a league of their own at producing low-key movies with excellent scripts subtly interpreted by fine acting performances and superb cinematography. This is such a film. Perhaps the title story line (and Affleck's role in it) is not as strong as the three or four side-stories that make this film a delight (the forlorn basketball team, the suicidal brother, the uncle dealer, Mom etc). This is an ensemble piece, though, of high quality that can teach some lessons to embarrassing British films trying to operate in the same zone.
a rare gemBy a customer , 23 Apr 2011Loved it. beautifully understated, sweet and funny. You get the impression that the cast must have had a great time making this film.
Indiana wants meBy a customer from London , 13 Mar 2011An accute view,if not slightly jaundiced (well all right - completely), of the big America between the coasts. Not the laughs of Trees Lounge, but none the worse for that. Buscemi is usually powerless against the fates - Affleck just can be bothered. Loved it. Nice turn by Mark Boone Junior as Evil.
Loved this slice of lifeBy Minny (573 reviews) from London , 11 Mar 2011This is one of lovely lovely under rated indie films with a great cast and some great moments. Nothing much happens in it really and it's a love story of sorts - loved the music, the characters and the slow easy life of a small town in the USA. It has funny, and sad moments as I just loved it.
A sad wasteBy tobysdad46 (2 reviews) from uk , 15 Jul 2010We rented this because of Steve Buscemi, but this was a waste. we could not get 'into it' at all, and gave up after 15 mins.
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