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Ben's at Home (2014)

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Heartbroken and cynical after he's dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again.

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Ben
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Jim
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Rob
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Katie (as Sarah Hansen)
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Friend 1
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Craig
Craig Brown
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Carol
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Jess
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Delivery Guy
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Couch Girl
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Rachel
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Melinda
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Heartbroken and cynical after he's dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Right next to Ben's door is a framed movie poster for Mandella, a short film directed by Dan Abramovici, the actor that plays Ben. See more »

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Secular Bros with Redeeming Qualities
9 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

My first impression involved disdain for the characters portrayed. But then I pulled back to analyze. Our main character's life revolves around pop culture and media, he swears, he's sarcastic and sardonic, and he's disconnected from nation, family, God, etc.

But he's actually a sensitive person. That's why he doesn't like bars, finds the world a bit overwhelming, loves dogs, and was genuinely hurt by losing his girlfriend. Meanwhile his friends show genuine concern for each other and him. The central conflict of the film involves the guys being hurt that our protagonist won't attend a bachelor party for their good friend.

I did not finish the film, as I'd had enough. But that doesn't mean I am condemning it. I just found it depressing. I hope he came to his senses and went to the party, and began to get out of his house more.

We aren't supposed to evaluate a movie solely based on whether we like what is being portrayed. It's all about process. Having said that, there was a decent amount of character development of the main guy, and at least a clear picture of his social set.

There's a good blend of comedy and sentiment, and no clichéd soundtrack bombardment. It resembles a John Cusack film like High Fidelity. Guy has trouble growing up, can't find the right girl, and feels more attached to his dog, buddies, and pop culture interests, than to God or nation.

I didn't see any actual nudity or violence. There is some strong language and suggestive sexual overtones. The actors are not gorgeous or perfect. They are average, like most of us, and the setting is Toronto, not America or Europe.


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