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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,551, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$940,430, 25 November 2016
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Mia Farrow came out of retirement to appear in the film. This was mainly because her son was a fan of Todd Solondz's work. She committed to the movie without reading the script. 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

Phyllis: Maybe you should go back into therapy.
Abe: Psychiatrists are idiots! The whole profession is a joke! I know my problems better than anyone and there's no solution.
Phyllis: Dr. Sonnenschein...
Abe: Dr. Sonnenschein's the biggest fucking idiot of them all!
Phyllis: He helped your father and me. He helped us with our marriage. Remember, we almost got a divorce.
Abe: You should have gotten divorced.
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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A slow moving and pretty depressing drama with great acting. The movie is OK but I had a hard time staying interested. I say C+
12 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Sweetie, we've written you off as a failure years ago." Abe (Gelber) is a toy collector and a slacker. In his 30's and still living at home with his parents and working for his father (Walken) he is not always happy. He meets Miranda (Blair) at a party and instantly falls in love. He asks her out once then proposes marriage. When a series of events begins Abe's life takes a strange turn. Having never seen a movie by Solondz before I was expecting this to be a comedy. I couldn't have been more wrong. The movie is OK but it's pretty depressing and Gelber does a really good job in this you really feel for his character. Selma Blair also does a pretty good job and they was she plays you are as confused about her as Abe is, which is probably the point. The acting really drives and helps the movie but to me the movie is just to slow moving to make it a high recommend. If you like Solondz movies then you will like this I'm guessing. To me it was OK but hard to get into. Overall, not bad but slow moving and I did get bored a little, up until the end. Which I was not expecting. I give it a C+.


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