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  (in credits order)

Daisy Ang ... Frank

Bill Buell ... Wally

Dick Cavett ... Fred

Rachel Covey ... Kate

Mia Dillon ... Female Judge
Marty Dunn ... Beefy Bartender

Josh Flitter ... Jake

Judah Friedlander ... Anthony
Jim Fyfe ... Linda's Lawyer

Janeane Garofalo ... Linda

Jerry Grayson ... Carl
Joan Griffith ... Mrs. Wakely

Chance Kelly ... Tommy

John Krasinski ... Bob Flynn

Susan Lynch ... Gina
Bernie McInerney ... Male Judge

Sayra Player ... Kate's Teacher

Ramya Pratt ... Mary

Vincent Riviezzo ... Aldo

Steve Schirripa ... Steve (as Steven R. Schirripa)

David Schwimmer ... Duane Hopwood
Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Fillipi

Brian Tarantina ... Mr. Alonso
Jeffery V. Thompson ... Rahmn
Pauline Tully ... Jogger #2

Lenny Venito ... Cop

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... William

Jama Williamson ... Jogger #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Sapello ... Jogger #3

Louis Bottino ... Gambler (uncredited)

Peggy Friend ... Defendant (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greenberg ... Garage Extra (uncredited)
Maire Ni Rochain ... Pilgrim Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Matt Mulhern 
Writing credits
Matt Mulhern (written by)

Produced by
David T. Friendly .... producer (as david Friendly)
Andrew Lang .... co-producer
Melissa Marr .... producer
Ethan Smith .... line producer
Lemore Syvan .... producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
John M. Tyson .... associate producer
Ben Waisbren .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Rohatyn 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Rubinstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
Production Design by
Ben Conable  (as Benjamin Conable)
Set Decoration by
Mila Khalevich 
Costume Design by
Lynn Falconer 
Makeup Department
Angela Gallagher .... additional key makeup artist
Donna Battersby Greene .... key hair stylist
Kabuki .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Rachel Barrett .... post-production supervisor
David Blazina .... production supervisor
Lemore Syvan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jane Ferguson .... second assistant director
John M. Tyson .... first assistant director
Jason Rody .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas Ahlers .... art department assistant (as Thomas J. Ahlers)
Janet Clevland .... camera scenic artist
Frank DeCurtis Jr. .... leadman (as Frank DeCurtis)
Michael Frechette .... additional props
Tom Groody .... assistant property master
Steve Paul .... additional on-set dresser
Chris Potter .... art department assistant
Sharon Potts .... property master
Albert J. Prudente .... art department intern (as Albert J. Prudente III)
Adam Roffman .... on-set dresser (as Adam J. Roffman)
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Stuart Deutsch .... additional sound mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... co-supervising sound editor
Jack Hutson .... additional boom operator
T.J. O'Mara .... sound mixer
Dan Paikin .... boom operator
Ira Spiegel .... co-supervising sound editor
Shane Stoneback .... sound re-recordist
Andrew Turner .... sound consultant: Dolby
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Baskerville .... additional electrician
Axel Baumann .... additional camera operator
Axel Baumann .... camera operator
Nicola Benizzi .... second assistant camera
Shaka Brookes .... company grip
Daniel Casey .... additional camera assistant (as Dan Casey)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Divine Cox .... key grip
Christopher DeBlau .... additional electrician
Gerald Gloster .... best boy grip
James Harker .... additional electrician
Douglas C. Hart .... additional camera assistant (as Doug Hart)
Mai Iskander .... additional camera assistant
Gary Jackiewicz .... company grip
Ludovic Littee .... camera loader
Sean McCardell .... gaffer
Beth O'Brien .... electrician
Alfred Padilla .... best boy electric (as Al Padilla)
Christopher T. Paul .... additional first assistant camera (as Chris Paul)
Anthony Santos .... company grip
Sandor Temlock .... first assistant camera
James Thorne .... generator operator (as Jim Thorne)
Christopher Vaccaro .... additional grip
Daniel Wiener .... additional second assistant camera
Daniel Wiener .... camera loader
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Laura Cass .... casting assistant
Alissa Dirato .... extras casting
Matt Schreiber .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Greene .... wardrobe supervisor
Nina Schelich .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Aaron Dorn .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Lloyd Forcellini .... digital intermediate supervisor: Rhino Post Inc.
Craig Gordon .... digital intermediate editor: Rhino Post Inc.
Walter Lefler .... digital intermediate colorist: Rhino Post Inc.
Mike Nuget .... additional digital intermediate editor: Rhino Post Inc.
Christine Park .... associate editor
Joaquin Perez .... editorial assistant
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter: Match Cut
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor (as Joey Violante)
Rachelle Way .... digital intermediate producer: Rhino Post Inc.
Steve Calalang .... dailies timer (uncredited)
Perry M. Kimura .... digital scanning and recording (uncredited)
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Lawrence Feldman .... musician: clarinet and flute
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
David Hofstra .... musician: bass
Dan Hopler .... score engineer
Jamie Lawrence .... musician: piano and drums
Mike Levine .... musician: dobro and pedal steel
Alex Polonsky .... musician: trumpet
Michael Rohatyn .... score producer
Transportation Department
Paul Kane .... driver
Mike Preston .... driver
Other crew
Nicholas R. Bell .... production assistant (as Nick Bell)
Patty Covarrubias .... assistant: Mr. Schwimmer
Kristen Dirato .... production secretary
Tim Downs .... location manager
Cindy Garforth .... production intern
Maryanne Garrity .... production intern
Mike Giletto .... caterer: Cater 2 U
Brian Goetz .... production assistant
Joey Gothelf .... catering production assistant: Cater 2 U
Eli Gurevich .... financial controller: Elevation Filmworks
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Anne Johnson .... production accountant (as Anne K. Johnson)
Lori La Frennie .... production intern
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Maire Ni Rochain .... production coordinator
Chad Nicholson .... production assistant (as Chad R. Nicholson)
Ali Norad .... production assistant (as Ali M. Norad)
Angelique A. Pesce .... development assistant
Justin Ritson .... production assistant
Jason Rody .... key set production assistant (as Jason 'Rowdy' Rody)
Clint Scott .... production assistant
Tim Susco .... location assistant
Jesse Toledano .... production assistant
Lilly Tuttle .... assistant: Lemore Syvan
Nick Vanderpool .... key set production assistant
Cara White .... unit publicist
Rob Williams .... catering assistant: Cater 2 U
Rowena Arguelles .... special thanks
Julie Durk .... special thanks
Michael McGahey .... special thanks
Mary Mulhern .... dedicatee
Peter Saraf .... special thanks
Leslie Siebert .... special thanks
Art Smith Jr. .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
84 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Daddy let me go, 27 December 2006
Author: Oast from United States

There is a certain freedom when you lose everything you ever cared about in life. It sounds insane, I know. But it simplifies the process of life. It means you can start from scratch... A clean slate if you will.

"Duane Hopwood" (David Schwimmer) first loses his sobriety, then his wife and two daughters, then his job, then his hope and comes dangerously close to losing his will to live. At the custody hearing, he tells the judge that he "needs a reason to stay".

The only thing Duane doesn't lose is the unconditional love of his daughters and the loyalty of a very quirky group of friends.

What is so skillful about this film is the way in which it balances our sympathy for Duane's tragic situation with our understanding that Duane is the cause of his own problems and the only one who can remedy them.

The pivot, around which the film's emotional power revolves, is the quite magnificent transformation of David Schwimmer from the almost unshakable familiarity of his role as Ross on NBC's 'Friends' to this ever so sad and bedraggled ex-husband and father who is desperate to stop the sand slipping through his fingers. This is absolutely a career transforming role that, surprisingly to me, certifies that he has a very promising film career as a dramatic actor in front of him. If enough people see this film, he will be reaping the rewards with great parts for years to come.

Janeane Garofalo also delivers in an atypical role. As Duane's estranged wife, she delicately balances the cold-hearted reality of wanting to move on with her life and the sympathetic understanding of someone who knows him better than anyone else. Her role could so easily have drifted into cynical and clichéd 'mean ex-wife' territory... but this film is too smart to go down that path.

There are some truly fine performances from the supporting cast members. Judah Friedlander & Susan Lynch are both very good as Duane's new support system. Friedlander plays Anthony, an aspiring comedian who becomes Duane's roommate. Lynch is Duane's first girlfriend since getting divorced. Each of them change the pace of the film nicely and add depth and nuance to an already powerful story.

I also want to point out the girls who play Duane's kids. So often I complain that bad performances from kids can ruin the believability of a film... However, Ramya Pratt & Rachel Covey are both splendid here.

This film feels like a cross between "The Family Man" and "Leaving Las Vegas"... an odd combination indeed. But it works on so many levels. I laughed during this film. I shed tears in the final act. I cared about each and every character. It is a tremendously well written screenplay, and it is acted with precision.

This is a small independent feature that really deserves a wide audience. Unfortunately, it will have trouble finding one because it doesn't have a huge publicity campaign behind it or 75 copies lining the shelves of DVD stores. I can only hope that word of mouth and positive reviews like mine will convince a few people to seek this film out. If they do, they will find a diamond in the rough and will be telling all their friends about it too.

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