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A Long Way Down (2014)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 June 2014 (USA)
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Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

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On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. Written by Anne Campbell

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Arouka ha'derekh le'mata  »

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$1,426 (USA) (11 July 2014)

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$13,093 (USA) (25 July 2014)
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Emile Hirsch was cast as J.J. but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Aaron Paul replaced him. See more »

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When JJ and Jess go to her special spot near where her sister went missing, they watch some swifts flying above them. Swifts are migratory and winter in the tropics and would not be flying in the UK between January and February when the film is set. See more »

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Martin: Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided to kill myself. That's the trouble with suicides, I've learned you can't cut the long story short, because it's the long story that people are interested in. Especially if you're me, which regrettably I was, and still am to this day. So, forgive me if you already knew this, but I'm Martin Sharp, the man who had everything. One wife, two children, three dogs, at least four People's Choice Awards, and five mornings a week on the most ...
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Could Have Been Better
22 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While a story about 4 suicidal strangers meeting on a rooftop about to jump sounds interesting, this movie was not all that interesting.

There were times when scenes felt too long and equally many scenes that could and perhaps should have been longer. Some potentially interesting plot threads were brought up in a scene and hardly mentioned again (same with some characters). The emotional scenes weren't that effective either and I didn't laugh much during the movie either. The characters aren't that great either. None of them felt believable for me.

In the end, felt that the movie was predictable, cheesy and not that entertaining. The ending of the movie didn't do much to change that either. Not the best movie this year.


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