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Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Release Date: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

MPAA Rating: G

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  1. ted  •  Jan 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Wow. I had come to rely on Mr. Medved’s movie reviews but his review on this one is accurate in only one fact: it is nearly 3 hours long! There is nothing compelling or complex about having a liberal viewpoint shoved in the eye for three hours. Any male in Mason Jr’s life with other than a liberal artsy viewpoint in the movie is dangerous (“this is private property! i can shoot you”), alcoholic/ or “off” (the two boyfriends of the mom and Mason Jr’s boss) or is one dimensional & predictable (his art teacher). There is a strong liberal & pro-Obama love fest throughout the movie and we are never shown the consequences of Mason Jr’s poor performances in school and why he got a scholarship despite his poor performances. The last hour of the film had my two children (13 & 16 years old) yelling at me to shut it off. That it was dull, predictable and they couldn’t take the unrelenting preaching (liberalism is GREAT!). If being a liberal is your anchor in life then this movie will affirm all your viewpoints. For everyone else, it is once-in-a-lifetime viewing of a twelve year film project with a rigid world viewpoint.

  2. Dlopez  •  Jan 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I rented this movie on red box I am very surprised Medved gave it a good rating. I think he feels he has to go along with the other liberal movie critics. After watching part of this movie I turned it off and took it right back to red box glad I only paid 2 dollars for it. I can see why Hollywood over praised this movie . I don’t like movies that have to be political it starts to bore me.

  3. STAN  •  Jan 17, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Medved let me down on this one (as he did with the “Confessions of a Wallflower” a year or so ago, which was also cliche ridden). The white men were all portrayed as angry, abusive alcoholics (except that groovy, Obama-lovin’ Hawke) and the conservatives were just plain dumb what with their Bibles and rifles. I like Medved as a commentator but as a critic he’s always been a little bush league. I’m angry about the three hours I wasted on this dreck gussied up as “art.” It’s not.

  4. Bruce McKechnie  •  Feb 7, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I just watched the flick. While I empathize with the reviewers above, I didn’t think it was any more liberal than 90% of the rest of Hollywood’s effluent; so I think the three people above overstate the case. My reaction to the movie was more that it was depressing. It was a series immoral behaviors by the principals and showed the consequences. On balance, the movie also illustrated that most folks are not that entertaining no matter how cosmic their drivel may sound at first blush.

  5. Glenn The Phone Man  •  Feb 22, 2015 at 11:47 am

    This movie was awful. I love Michael Medved and listen to his show every day and I respect his knowledge and insightful analysis of politics. But in regards to this movie – wow, he was way off. The only thing this movie does is show how the actors age over 12 years. That’s it. Nothing else. It was not exciting. It was not funny. It was not thrilling or thought provoking. I would have rather watched time lapse photography of a tree growing 12 years than this Hollywood production. If you have three hours you want to kill and then kill yourself afterwards, watch this movie. Otherwise, ANYTHING you do in life is better than watching this. Michael – you were WAY OFF on this one.

  6. Christopher  •  Feb 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love Michael Medved and wish him and his family the very best, in dealing with his cuurent affliction. God Bless You Michael Medved!

    That said, he’s extremely wrong about this picture. This kid is a loser, and it is clearly stated so through the entire picture. The role models that he SHOULD pay attention to, are trivialized and reviled. The role models that he shouldn’t pay attention to are exhaulted! (His super-loser Mother) Somehow, having bad grades, never turning in his assignments, never doing what he is told to do, he is also raised to an unworthy level, and through some miracle, gets a scholarship to college for his photography. Artsy-fartsy all the way and a dreamer.

    It is a fantasy movie on a number of different levels, losers win, winners lose, the Left is Great, The Right is Bad. It has no cohesion. It’s really miserable.

    It is acted well, by the star, a chronic loser who really has no personality. Brain dead kid. It is boring, trite and very, VERY, long. Three hours of getting your right minded head bashed in by the (ever tolerant) left is lesson enough for me. Because it was a family video night, I sat through it with, and for my teenagers who totally didn’t get the horrifying bias in this film.

    If asked….PASS!

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