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Adopt a Sailor is about Patricia and Richard, a successful and hip couple from New York City who inadvertently "adopt a sailor" during Fleet Week in New York City, and the young man from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas who changes their lives forever. Written by
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Is it just me, Richard, or is there a huge neon, blinking red target on the middle of my forehead?
Not that I can make out.
Why is the world trying to kill me, then?
Somebody I know have a grumpity-grump day?
It's the tone out there. It's dissonant.
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Charles Evered first wrote the play on which this film is based and
then turned that play into a movie, directing it with all the sensitive
promise of the script. It is a pleasure to experience this little low
budget Indie and be swept up in the honest manner in which it invites
us to look at our lives from a different perspective.
It is Fleet Week in New York, a time when sailors about to be shipped
out to duty are given an evening of freedom with the option of
accepting the invitation of families to invite them into their homes as
a farewell. A young HM3 (navy corpsman) from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas
played with poetic sensitivity by Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck)
is serendipitously 'adopted' by a dysfunctional New York couple -
Patricia (Bebe Neuwirth) runs a gallery and husband Richard (Peter
Coyote) makes films. As Patricia responds to the sailor's wonder,
'Movies are what people what to go see, films are what you try to
convince people to see' - evidence that Patricia has been supporting
the marriage so that Richard doesn't have to work except to make
unwanted films: the couple is nearing dissolution. Through one evening
of conversation Patricia and Richard voice their failing love, the
sailor maintains an innocence about life in the big city and in doing
so shares some of his own small town fears and frustrations about
becoming an adult- and the three people find a new look on their lives
as a result. The film is at once hilarious, verbally brutal, revealing,
and genuinely tender as these three people's lives intersect to find
new and healthy direction.
Ethan Peck is absolutely extraordinary in maintaining his innocent
near-angel role, never becoming mawkish or a parody of 'Southern
uneducated kids'. He is a joy throughout the film and demonstrates that
he is an actor of great promise. Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote are
both solid and polished actors and make us examine their decadent
marriage without allowing the viewer to take sides but instead to ache
for both of them. The film is a jewel and speaks especially loudly
about the young lads who are being sent off to war. Charles Evered is a
major talent to watch. Highly Recommended.
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