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The Talent Given Us (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 June 2004 (USA)
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 ...
Allen
Judy Wagner ...
Judy
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Emily
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Maggie
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Bumby
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Billy
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Andrew
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Insomnia Cafe Friend (as Rob Adetuyi)
Tom Hines ...
Disgruntled Actor
Tony Pepe ...
Doorman
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Healer
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Meditation Teacher
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Everyone should see this film!
23 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film was a total surprise AND a completely brilliant film! When the film first starts I turned to my friends around me, giving the shoulder shrug "I don't know what is going on" look...and then, once you settle into that mini-van with the family, you found yourself absorbed with this amazingly talented and funny family.

I can see my parents, siblings (and myself for that matter) in the eccentric cast. I thoroughly encourage any and everybody to see this film. Being made for only $30,000 and the director's family. It is that one special, VERY indie pic, that breaks through that mold and truly shines through!

EVERYONE should see this film! Guaranteed.


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