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For Ellen (2012)

For Ellen

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 05, 2012 (Limited)

Duration

94 min.

Studio

Tribeca Film

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

So Young Kim

Producer

Jen Gatien, Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim

Screenwriter

So Young Kim

Starring

Story


Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano - THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) has wanted nothing more than to "make it", having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva - "Revenge," "How To Make It in America") in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder - NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone - INTO THE WILD) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.

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Paul Dano stars as Joby Taylor in Tribeca Film's For Ellen (2012)
Paul Dano stars as Joby Taylor in Tribeca Film's For Ellen (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..imitation of "Five Easy Pieces" and "Crazy Heart," the film seems to assume that we'll find Dano's lost-boy shtick interesting. But he never comes across as complicated, just tiresome, insipid and self-absorbed..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..Dano’s performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates beautifully..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]