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God's Pocket (2014)

God's Pocket

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

May 09, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

87 min.

Studio

IFC Films

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

John Slattery

Producer

Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, John Slattery, Lance Acord

Screenwriter

John Slattery, Alex Metcalf

Starring

Story


In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, Mickey Scarpato's crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction "accident," and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please, and a debt he can't pay.

Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the camera with an assured directorial debut that shows he has a razor-sharp eye for conveying the absurdity, cruelty, desperation, and tragic optimism of the people he portrays. Like life, his scenes seamlessly fuse humor and heartbreak, but it's Slattery's wit and confident style that make the portrait so authentic. Featuring a top-shelf cast and impeccable cinematography, God's Pocket oozes with talent and marks the emergence of an inspired directorial presence.

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Christina Hendricks in IFC Films' God's Pocket (2014)
Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Mickey Scarpato in IFC Films' God's Pocket (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..many pleasures in "God's Pocket" come from the interplay between characters too wise to tell the truth but too proud to shut their yaps..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“.."God's Pocket" is a little too much, of everything. And yet not quite enough for Slattery, who deserves something more..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..you only wish debuting feature director John Slattery had brought some of the spark he's shown on Mad Men, even when deep in his cups..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]