A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcé finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life - her son. Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage, John has all but given up on romance. But at the urging of his ex-wife and best friend Jamie, John grudgingly agrees to join her and her fiancé Tim at a party. To his and everyone else's surprise, he actually manages to meet someone: the gorgeous and spirited Molly. Their chemistry is immediate. The relationship takes off quickly but Molly is oddly reluctant to take the relationship beyond John's house. Perplexed, he follows her home and discovers the other man in Molly's life: her son, Cyrus. A 21-year-old new age musician, Cyrus is his mom's best friend and shares an unconventional relationship with her. Cyrus will go to any lengths to protect Molly and is definitely not ready to share her with anyone, especially John. ... Written by
Although there was a definitive script, the Duplass brothers encouraged their actors to improvise as much as possible. See more »
In the scene where Cyrus argues with his mom and then storms out of the house and peers back in through the window, he goes from obviously clean-shaven while inside the house to obviously scruffy when outside the house. See more »
[from outside of house]
John! John! John!
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John (John C. Reilly) is a desperately lonely man who still clings to his ex-wife Jamie (Catherine Keener), who has just announced she is to re-marry. She forces him to come to a party in order to meet women, and his drunken advances cause only embarrassment. While urinating in the garden, he meets the beautiful Molly (Marisa Tomei) who overheard one of his honest and open ramblings, and the two hit it off. Noticing she repeatedly sneaks off during the night, John follows Molly back to her place one night and comes across her strange son Cyrus (Jonah Hill). He seems pleasant in a strange way at first, but soon it becomes apparent that there's more to Cyrus than meets the eye, and he seems intent on breaking the new couple up.
While the trailers and promotional campaign billed this as a quirky comedy in the vein of Judd Apatow, the film came as a pleasantly different surprise. While it would be easy to mistake this for an Apatow film, it plays more as an indie drama, with some very funny moments. Reilly is one of the finest character actors of his generation, so we know what to expect from him. However, it is Jonah Hill that emerges from this film the best, as he puts in a quite amazing performance - creepy and horrible, tragic and dysfunctional, and conniving and evil. He pulls off a multi-dimensional character with a spectacular ease, which is something I would not expect from the guy who pretends to masturbate into a jar and drink it in the quite frankly brilliant Superbad.
I just hope the advertising campaign doesn't bring in the wrong audience, as this is a film that deserves to be seen. Yes, it is very funny in the laugh-out-loud sense. But it is also tender, moving, highly engaging, and often profoundly moving. I've rarely been so engaged throughout every second of a film's running time. The film plot means it is always in danger of becoming soapy or melodramatic, but instead the film's characters are real, and they avoid the film going in the direction that you would expect it to. If there is a negative, it would be the annoying crash-zoom camera work which seems to be there for no other reason than to cry "this is an indie film!". But if you can see past this minor flaw, this is a beautifully rendered comedy drama.
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