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Roadie (2012)

Roadie

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 06, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

NC-17

Duration

95 min.

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Michael Cuesta

Producer

Gerald Cuesta, Michael Cuesta

Screenwriter

Mike Downey, Sirad Balducc

Starring

  • Ron Eldard
  • Bobby Cannavale as Randy Stevens
  • Jill Hennessy
  • Lois Smith
  • David Margulies
  • Jarlath Conroy
  • Suzette Gunn

Story


Some people spend their adulthood living out their childhood dream. Only what happens when the dream ends? After 20 years as a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) has nowhere to go but home. Reluctantly he returns to his mother's (Lois Smith) home in Queens, New York, where he pretends he's only there for a quick visit, and soon realizes that his mother is teetering toward dementia. At the local bar, he runs into his high school crush (Jill Hennessy), now married to his old nemesis (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future for himself means confronting these relationships from the past.

Using a minimalist approach, director Michael Cuesta and co-writer Gerald Cuesta set Roadie over the course of one day and night with three main characters, taking the time to fully explore the dynamics between them. Eldard easily evokes Jimmy's inner frustrations while Hennessy and Cannavale give realistic performances as a pair who never left town but moved on in life. Roadie is about a generation coming to a crossroads in life where you can't escape the past but you can't relive it either.

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Ron Eldard stars as Jimmy Testagross and Bobby Cannavale stars as himself in Magnolia Pictures' Roadie (2012)
Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy and Bobby Cannavale in Magnolia Pictures' Roadie (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..disappointingly rote as its standard setup suggests..”
by Alison Willmore [AV Club]
“..merely assembles the usual ingredients into an average..”
by Eric D. Snider [Film.com]
“..enough to redeem Cuesta's indie commonplaces..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]