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The Talent Given Us (2004)

A retired New York City couple drive across country to reconnect with their reclusive son, joined by their two unmarried daughters.



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Allen Wagner ...
Judy Wagner ...
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Insomnia Cafe Friend (as Rob Adetuyi)
Disgruntled Actor
Tony Pepe ...
Meditation Teacher


Judy and Allen are 70 years old, retired now, and at that point in their unremarkable marriage and lives that the farthest the day calls them from the crossword puzzle is to the Fairway supermarket. On one such excursion they run into two of their son Andrew's teachers from high school who want Andrew to return to New York to teach at his alma mater. Judy promises to pass the offer along, concealing the disappointment that she rarely speaks to her son. In the day that follows she spirals into a regret which ends in her epiphany to remedy her relationship with him. Immediately. And face-to-face. But since she's terrified of flying they must drive. Across the country to Los Angeles. Along for what began as a casual drive to the beach, Judy and Allen's two unmarried, thirty-something daughters, Emily and Maggie, find themselves roped into this odyssey. Even though Allen doesn't tear up the road, all the family and marital dirt is dug up. Written by Andrew Wagner

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A character driven comedy


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I Can't Get Out of My Own Way!
13 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you were born and raised in the tristate area NY/NJ/CT and you are not Jewish, you'll find this movie equivalent to a case of hives! The loud, brash, self-centered nature of each of these individuals is beyond belief. If they are a slice of America, it is no wonder we are in debt to the Chinese and Indians and have lost total identity as a nation! This family is a family of infants in a crib (car) squabbling over who's got the gum. The rabid mother has steam rolled over everyone she ever met complaining as she stomped them to death. The daughters cannot believe they are not the queens of the world yet. They would masturbate in public to get attention. The father has spent his life wed to his business and paid the price with medical problems that have left him incontinent and unable to speak without a straw in his mouth. The son is a closet case living in LA who has no cellphone in order to become unreachable to the family arm which is constantly reaching for him. They endlessly bitch about not having enough of everything. They are thankful for nothing. If you like soulessness and despair, watch it. If you think being Jewish is funny, watch it. If you have a life, skip it.

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