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Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

Infinitely Polar Bear



Drama, Comedy

Release Date

June 19, 2015 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



90 min.


Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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

Cast and Crew


Maya Forbes


Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee, Galt Niederhoffer


Maya Forbes



1978. While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half-completed projects. His family's wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters, Amelia and Faith, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck.

Broke, stressed, and overwhelmed, Maggie applies to business school and is accepted to Columbia University's MBA program. Seeing this as her chance to build a better life for their daughters, Maggie asks Cam to become the primary caregiver for the girls while she completes her degree in New York. After all, routine is what the doctor ordered and the girls miss their dad. Cam agrees, hoping to rebuild his family. But the two spirited girls are not interested in making things easy for him.

With Maggie away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he's in over his head. Over the course of the next 18 months, as Maggie rushes to complete her degree, he learns, through trial and a lot of error, how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. After years of struggling to find his place in the world, Cam may finally have found where he fits in.

Based on a true story, "Infinitely Polar Bear" is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.

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“..Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo's richest, most appealing performances..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..is a classic example of a major fatal flaw in filmmaking: failing to make sure your movie actually deals with what it's actually about..”
by James Rocchi [The Playlist]
“..it's a remarkable story that would have made a fantastic documentary, but as a drama it's unbalanced, trying too hard to be lovable..”
by Henry Barnes [The Guardian]