Lots of bad stuff happens to honest, hard-working Rust Belt folk in “Little Accidents
,” a sensitive and well-meaning but rather ordinary melodrama that wouldn’t have seemed out of place as a network movie-of-the-week circa 1985. Feature debut for writer-director Sara Colangelo
, expanded from her prize-winning 2010 short, shows an admirable concern for the plight of the American blue-collar worker and features a standout central performance by newcomer Boyd Holbrook
”), but suffers from predictable plotting and shallow characterizations that keep the movie from ever transcending the obvious. Given the disappointing box office returns for the starrier, similarly bleak “Out of the Furnace
,” buyers will be understandably skeptical of the pic’s commercial potential.
Shot in the real coal town of Beckley, W.V., Colangelo’s film takes place in the aftermath of a fatal mining accident that has left 10 miners dead and a lot of people speculating about who’s to blame for the tragedy.