Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 June 2012 (UK)
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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.



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Melisa Young ...
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Miranda (formerly 'Vi')
Tara-Lee Pollin ...
Dancing Bride


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

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29 June 2012 (UK)  »

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Mi novia ideal  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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


$159,023 (USA) (17 August 2012)

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


On the sofa, Marie drinks form her left hand, but when she gets up, her drink is in her right hand, but then it's back in her left hand when she gets to the bar. See more »


Abe: You are so different here from the way you are at the office.
Marie: I'm not on payroll here.
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too angry to root for
15 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Todd Solondz does another movie on another socially awkward underclass. Abe played by Jordan Gelber is an angry, self-loathing, petty slob loser. He dropped out of college and fell into a job in his father's company. Selma Blair is a depressed woman forced to retreat back home. They meet at a wedding and Abe can't help but start the stalking. Selma Blair is a broken character and she just might go with Abe even if she doesn't love him.

The biggest problem with this movie is the Abe character. He is too angry, too petty. He has no redeeming qualities. If he wasn't so pathetic, I would be rooting for somebody to put a bullet in him. Do I care about him? Not the slightest.

Another problem is the surreal turns it takes for the last half. That kind of storyline never really works for me. And it didn't work for Dallas either.

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