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Around the Bend (2004)

Around the Bend

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 08, 2004

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

85 min.

Studio

Warner Independent Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Jordan Roberts

Producer

Julie Kirkham, Elliott Lewitt

Screenwriter

Jordan Roberts

Starring

Story


"Around the Bend" is inspired by the relationship between writer-director Jordan Roberts and the absentee father he barely knew. It tells the story of four generations of men who are suddenly brought together by the chance to uncover the truth about their family's past. The journey will take them out on the road to a world full of surprises-some comic, some dramatic, and all of them personal.

Jason Lair (Josh Lucas) is a simple man with a simple wish: a normal life. This isn't an easy goal for the mild-mannered bank employee: Jason is newly separated from his wife, who has left him to care for their six-year-old son Zach (Jonah Bobo) while she paints in Nepal, and his ailing grandfather Henry (Oscar® winner Michael Caine), a former archaeologist close to death, who is investigating alternative rituals for his impending funeral ("I'm not going in the ground!" he protests.) So when Jason's estranged father and Henry's son, Turner (Oscar® winner Christopher Walken), whose checkered past includes exploits from the musical to the criminal, pays the family an unexpected visit, nothing is "simple" or "normal" in Jason's life anymore.

In the coming days, the somewhat reluctant Lair men will embark on a trip not only through the mythic beauty of the Desert Southwest, but across the family's own rocky emotional landscape. Forced together by a deep loss, these very different people find a great deal along the way-devastating secrets, amazing discoveries and, just as Henry wanted... each other.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a peculiar, fanciful adventure..”
by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
“..feels infinitely longer..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
“..an enjoyable film that feels small..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]