Suffering Man's Charity (2007)

 |  Comedy, Horror  |  9 March 2007 (USA)
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Jonathan Vandermark is a music teacher with a weakness for young men with great aspirations and without a pot to piss in. When Sebastian enters his life and takes advantage of John's charity, his life and afterlife will be changed forever.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Vandermark
Helen Jacobsen
Eric Rykell
Alison Guh ...
Clay Allen ...
Max's Wife
Young Caterer
Blonde Girl In Bar


John Vandermark (Cumming) has taken in a struggling writer, Sebastian St. Germain (Boreanaz), who overstays his welcome. When John discovers that Sebastian has simply been using him, he turns the tables on his young tenant in an effort to make him work off his rent debt. When Sebastian dies accidentally in the process, John tries to make it up to him by helping him get his book published posthumously. When the book is published, John can't help but take credit for the work of genius... and Sebastian comes back to haunt him. Written by speedracer101

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John Vandermark: He's my cross to bear. Sadly, he still owes me for the wood and the nails.
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Listen To Your Heart
Written by Duke Bojadziev & Angela McCluskey
Performed by Angela McCluskey
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Mini-Review - Alan's Performance
7 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Since I'm on this Alan Cumming obsession, I've decided to watch as many films with him in it as I can.

I found this one called "Suffering Man's Charity" or… "Ghost Writer". And I noticed that it had gotten quite a few bad reviews. I was a bit surprised by this. And I was even more surprised when I had finished the entire movie.

I found this film to be quite phenomenal. It was dark, twisted, and it really had very interesting, and in-depth characters. Alan Cumming's performance was truly brilliant. I hadn't really seen him portray that sort of role before, and it was honestly amazing to see. He was vulnerable, and innocent in a way. But then with a blink of an eye, his personality was completely different. He could switch his emotions with such intensity, and it was believable.

To actually be able to get into the mindset of that character, it must've been truly difficult. I take my non-existent hat off to Mr. Alan Cumming.

The story of this film was well thought out, and it was really actually quite simple. But the simplicity, mixed with the performance of the actors, it really brought this movie to life in the darkest of ways. This film does not deserve the bad reviews it had gotten.

I really do recommend this film.

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