Amusement and being moved emotionally; these were my hopes for Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut Phil. A drama / comedy about a depressed dentist who’s in the midst of a mid life crisis when his happiest patient suddenly commits suicide. After learning of this tragic news, Phil dedicates himself – in a far from reasonable way to finding out why his favourite patient ended things.
Also starring Bradley Whitford, Taylor Schilling and Emily Mortimer, the phrase ‘this is surprisingly good’ is unfortunately not where my mind went as Kinnear’s movie played. Instead, my mind was busy saying ‘Phil… Phil… Phil, Phil, Phil’.
The reason for all the Phils is this, there’s a certain simplicity to Kinnear’s script and general execution that meant pretty early on in the movie, I was barely engaged. Even though I didn’t hate Bradley Whitford’s performance, liked Jay Duplass’s character and I believed Kinnear’s Phil to be truly miserable, what I didn’t believe is several of the decisions made by certain people in the story. And perhaps even more crucially, I didn’t believe that anyone should have been convinced of Phil as a native of Greece. The fact that several key characters appeared to be convinced is a truth that only made the whole experience of Phil feel even more ludicrous.
I’m clearly not going to recommend watching this one, except of course, if you really, definitely, absolutely, life depends on it must must.
Directed by and starring Greg Kinnear, Phil is a new drama / comedy about Phil, a depressed dentist who happens to be going through a mid life crisis. After one of his happiest patients suddenly commits suicide, Phil goes above and beyond to find out why.
Additional Key cast includes Taylor Schilling ,Bradley Whitford, Emily Mortimer…
The subject of depression is certainly interesting and Kinnear has always been good at playing troubled characters. It now looks as though his directorial debut will also be notable. Bring on the dark humour! I’m ready.
Eoin Bates, April Cameron, Megan Charpentier, Jarret Cody, Scott Crouch, Sarah Dugdale, Jay Duplass, Robert Forster and Isaiah Lehtinen also star.
Brian Banks is the true story of a football player with dreams to play in the NFL. Dreams that are unjustly halted when he’s wrongly convicted and imprisoned.
Directed by Tom Shadyac; key cast includes Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shpeherd, Melanie Liburd…
I’m looking forward to seeing Hodge in this role. Also, I only just noticed that I haven’t seen a Kinnear film in a while. The fact that I know the ending will be happy in this particular story of injustice only makes me want to see it more.
Matt Battaglia, Dorian Missick, Xosha Roquemore, Dean Denton and Mystie Smith also star.
Same Kind Of Different As Me is a story of marriage troubles and a healthy serving of unexpected friendship and kindness. Starring Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Rene Zellweger, this one is definitely going to make me cry…
I’m rather loving how much work Djimon Hounsou seems to be getting lately. Congrats to the man.
Directed by Michael Carney; Jon Voight, Peyton Wich and Ty Parker also star.
I’m always glad to see Greg Kinnear’s name on a cast list because I know that most of the time, an emotionally rich performance is coming my way. Stuck In Love (2012)is one such example. In Little Men, Kinnear is playing a grieving, struggling actor with grown up issues that are threatening his 13 year old son’s great new friendship…
I’m looking forward to finding out how the offspring in this story deal with their parent’s issues and shortcomings because they’re very much caught in the middle.
Directed by Ira Sachs; Alfred Molina, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Jennifer Ehle, and Talia Balsam make up some of the key cast.
Written / directed by Josh Boone and starring talent that includes Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff; Stuck In Love is a well acted family drama.
Watch it for a look into a year in the life of a family that consists of a successful Writer, his ex wife, their teenage children and particularly how all parties navigate through their own experiences of love.
This movie is definitely not too emotionally taxing. Actually… that may depend on how closely you relate to the character you identify with the most. Still, overall it’s a pleasant watch.
There’s also potential value for any Writers/ aspiring Writers and anyone generally curious about other families. I know I always am.
My favourite part is all the scenes Kristen Bell is in because her fun character is unlike any I’ve ever seen her play before.