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Why Stop Now? (2012)

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When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure.

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Storyline

The story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, dealing with his troubled mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love. Written by ICM Press Release

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A funny thing happened on the way to rehab.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, and drug content | See all certifications »

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17 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,641, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,641, 19 August 2012
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Tracy Morgan uses a cane in this film, although it was made several years before his debilitating accident. See more »

Goofs

When he's with Chloe after the Revolutionary War re-enactment, the bandages are gone from Eli's right hand, and there is no indication of any injury whatsoever. He's wearing the bandages again, though, at the audition the next day. See more »

Quotes

Eli: Fuck. So, alright, what do we do now?
Penny: You know, Eli, the guy in there he tells me, and I know this is gonna sound crazy...
Eli: Yeah?
Penny: ...that if I get high, then produce dirty urine, I'm admitted. Hey, this is crazy, right?
Eli: Yes, this is pretty crazy. Alright. So let's do it then. C'mon! Let's get you some crack or something. C'mon!
Penny: Eli, I can't have you being a part of this. No.
Eli: Mom, I'm already a part of this. I'm being part of this for my whole life. Ok, so you know what? I'll pay for it, it will ...
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An entertaining but not really a laugh out loud type comedy that I would say is nothing special but worth checking out. I say B
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"You're telling me to go out and get high so that I can get into rehab?" Eli (Eisenberg) has his life worked out. He has an audition to get into an elite music school, he wants his mother (Leo) to get into rehab so she can take care of his sister without him worrying. Once she is out and sober he can leave and not worry. They only problem is that his mom's test came back clean, so they need to get her high in order for her to get into rehab...sounds easy. First off this movie is not bad and it is a comedy, but not really a laugh out loud comedy. The idea itself is pretty funny and the writing is pretty clever. Jesse Eisenberg is turning into an actor who plays the same character over and over, but he is good at playing this type of kid. The movie overall is nothing special but it is entertaining and if you are looking for a mindless movie to put in and enjoy then this is a decent choice. Overall, nothing special but still a pretty good comedy that is entertaining. I give it a B.


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