MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 722 this week

Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 June 2012 (UK)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 4,004 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 28 user | 108 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 28 Sep 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Dark Horse" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dark Horse (2011)

Dark Horse (2011) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dark Horse.
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Storytelling (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Todd Solondz, Max Cantor, Alexandra Gersten
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Insightful look at an unattractive 7th grader as she struggles to cope with un-attentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis
Happiness (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Darren gets stood up on the day of his wedding and uses his vacation tickets with his best friend, RJ, to spend his "honeymoon" at a Club Med-style resort.

Director: Tony Vitale
Stars: Darren Geare, R.J. Knoll, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy
Dark Horse (2015)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond
Palindromes (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis
Comedy

Chronicles the life of a dog as it travels around the country, spreading comfort and joy.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Brie Larson, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Todd Solondz plays a high schooler who wants to get into MIT. The only problem is, his gym teacher hates him, and fails him because he can't hit a shot in basketball. He also has no luck ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Kathleen Homic, Cheryl Scaccio, Todd Solondz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

70 short movies about cinema and its future.

Directors: Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, and 71 more credits »
Stars: Bernardo Bertolucci, Haile Gerima, Bernardo Greco
Drama

A collection of short films focusing on different aspects of the city of St. Petersburg.

Directors: Bakur Bakuradze, Timur Bekmambetov, and 7 more credits »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melisa Young ...
Wedding Singer
...
Abe
...
Miranda (formerly 'Vi')
...
Phyllis
...
Jackie
...
Justin
...
Marie
...
Jiminy
...
Lori
...
Arnie
...
Richard
...
Mahmoud
...
Waitress
...
Phil
Tara-Lee Pollin ...
Dancing Bride
Edit

Storyline

Abe Wertheimer - an odious, purposeless, self-centered 35-year-old living parasitically with his parents (by choice) and working in his dismayed father's business office (avoiding work while scoping eBay for collectible toys) - meets Miranda, an equally pathetic but self-loathing social dropout who, having given up on life, masochistically accepts Abe's sudden proposal of marriage for a knowingly grim future she won't fight against. Along with projecting his own faults onto his father, his own jealousy for lack of success and accomplishment onto his younger brother, and wallowing in the blind support of his mother, it's just another aspect of Abe's unsatisfying life that he just can't see to improve. A long-overdue decision finally spins his insignificant life out of control. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mi novia ideal  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,551 (USA) (8 June 2012)

Gross:

$159,023 (USA) (17 August 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selma Blair was 5 months pregnant during the filming of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Abe is sitting alone in the Multiplex Cinema, before the movie begins there is a Movie Star Scramble ("Unscramble The Letters And Name This Movie Star!") on the screen. The scrambled name reads, "ORGEOE LONEYCO" which Abe whispers is "George Clooney" but "ORGEOE" cannot be rearranged into "George". See more »

Quotes

Arnie: Well, you say you like the dark horse, then you throw a fit when they don't come through.
See more »

Connections

References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything You Need
Performed by Kate Booye and Jon Estep
Written by Jon-Michael Estep
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Uncomfortable satire
31 March 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The plot: An obnoxious man-child attempts an ill-fated romance with an equally broken woman, while coming to certain realizations about his life.

Dark Horse is not an easy movie to watch, but when have any Todd Solondz movies been easy to watch? His unflinching, brutally honest portrayals of flawed people make him popular with the indie crowd, but it's difficult to recommend his movies to anyone else. It's difficult not to identify with the parade of eternal losers of Solondz's movies, no matter how flawed they are, because, really, these people are us. We might try to deny it, of course, but the truth of the matter is that his movies are just too uncomfortably real for many people to enjoy. You might not be an awkward, depressed girl or an obnoxious, entitled man-child, but there's probably some aspect that you can relate to. If not, then you probably know someone like this. Solondz knows who we are, and he knows our society.

Dark Horse continues a rather surreal and artistic direction for Solondz. Fantasy, dreams, and reality all freely intermix. It might leave some audiences a bit confused, but it's usually pretty obvious which are which. In fact, I really enjoyed some of these scenes, because they opened the door to really inventive narrative and metaphor. In some ways, it was like David Lynch, but without the free-form stream-of-consciousness. These scenes really illustrate the characters better than any traditional scene could. The hilariously banal conversations are another nice touch. Anyone who appreciates irony will certainly enjoy them, though the irony-impaired, I think, will possibly hate this movie.

Solondz's characters have arguably never before been so depressed, bitter, and broken. If you're looking for an uplifting story, full of inspirational and likable characters, this is not the movie for you. Solondz is the undisputed master of strangely sympathetic portraits of society's biggest losers and weirdos. This one will hit pretty close to home for many geeks.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Has anyone seen this film yet? BanduDandu
is the dvd/blu-ray even available in stores? lawnfurniture11
Has this been released yet ? It says Sept 5th WBoutros
US Release ? WBoutros
'Everyone has a receipt, and it never adds up. It's called ____' ? adamsherf
Wanna have dinner with Todd Solondz? simoneb-391-483365
Discuss Dark Horse (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?