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Billy Crudup appeared in two Oscar-nominated films in 2016 — “Jackie” and “20th Century Women” — but he also appeared in the family drama “Youth in Oregon” opposite the Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella. In the film, Langella stars as the 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, but his family refuses to accept his decision. When another family emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter’s husband Brian (Billy Crudup) ends up driving Raymond and his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) 3,000 miles to Oregon, but soon Brian tries to convince the old man to give life another chance. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Joel David Moore. He previously directed the films “Killing Winston Jones,” about a sixth grade English teacher who tries to get the newly constructed gym named after his elderly father, »
- Vikram Murthi
Do not be fooled — Youth in Oregon is a drama through and through. While some of its marketing may suggest a more comedic tone, Joel David Moore’s directorial choices, combined with the film’s poignant — if often scattered — thematic musings are centered on heavy drama. Unfortunately, the first two-thirds of Youth feel like a war between Moore’s aesthetic sensibilities and the thematic tonal balancing act attempted by the script penned by first-time writer Andrew Eisen. I would argue that the ideal presentation of a “dramedy” is combining genuine humor with emotional weight in the same beat. If a storyteller can blend them organically — accentuating the impact of both by contrast — they have succeeded. By this definition, Youth in Oregon is not a successful dramedy. Instead, its first two-thirds feel like a drama and an occasional comedy, separately, each existing on their own plane and rarely passing each other by with a wave. »
- Mike Mazzanti
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Five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams was shamefully snubbed for what many consider to be her best performance yet as translator Louise Banks in this film about an alien invasion that pushes humanity to its brink. “It was one of my favorite scripts that I've ever read. It got me right away and it became one of those that I had to do," Adams explained ahead of Arrival’s theatrical release. Of course, the film’s standout performances are not limited to Adams, who shares the screen with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, both of whom added gravitas to this sci-fi drama.
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"This is so much more pleasant than traveling with a stranger..." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for the film Youth in Oregon, an indie drama about a son-in-law who takes on the task of driving his nearly-80-year-old father-in-law across the country to Oregon to be euthanized at his request. Frank Langella stars as the old timer curmudgeon who just wants to wrap up his life, and Billy Crudup co-stars as his son-in-law who drives him across the country and attempts to change his mind. The full cast includes Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Mary Kay Place, Nicola Peltz & Rebecca Blumhagen. I'm always impressed by Frank Langella, he's an excellent actor, and it's nice to see him in interesting roles like this. If fellow critic David Ehrlich says it's a highlight of Langella's career, maybe this is worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Joel David Moore's Youth in Oregon, »
- Alex Billington
The pitch “Frank Langella road trips with son-in-law Billy Crudup to get legally euthanized in Oregon” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of hilarity, but director Joel David Moore seems to have found a way to inject humor into the foundation of his latest feature, Youth in Oregon. Off a script from first-time writer Andrew Eisen, Youth in Oregon looks to straddle that line of comedy and drama that birthed the phrase dramedy.
Coupled with a slew of festival banners, the first trailer demonstrates that tonal balancing act attempted by Moore, one which will either pay off with an emotional but ultimately rousing experience, or a thematically inconsistent experience. See the trailer below, along with a synopsis and poster, for the film that also stars Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, and Mary Kay Place.
When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. »
- Mike Mazzanti
With just three weeks to go until its Us release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama Youth in Oregon. Directed by Joel David Moore, the film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas; take a look below…
When 82-year-old curmudgeon Raymond Ingersol tells his family that he has made arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his daughter Kate is determined to stop him. But when another family emergency arises, Kate’s husband Brian finds himself with the unlucky task of driving his father-in-law from New York to Oregon And convincing the crotchety old man that he doesn’t want to die. The problem: Brian hates Raymond. And with Raymond’s wino wife Estelle tagging along for the journey, it’s just in-laws and the open road for the next 3000 miles.
Youth in Oregon is set for release on February 3rd in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
Frank Langella’s latest film, “Youth in Oregon,” premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Now, the family dramedy is headed to theaters after it was acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The touching story, directed by Joel David Moore, follows the actor as Raymond Engersol, an 80-year-old who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, a decision his family refuses to accept. When another emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Billy Crudup), asking him to drive her father across the country to the Beaver State. Along the way, his loved ones try to help him rediscover a reason for living.
While the movie received mixed reviews, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich mentioned in his critique that »
- Liz Calvario
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