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A.J. Manglehorn is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long lost love. Enter kind-hearted bank teller Dawn whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell. Written by
In the original script Manglehorn was a criminal who had gone straight. He met with his old partner who was hiding out in a senior citizen's home and his mysterious back story was explained. There was also a massacre at Dawn's bank and a massive earthquake that brought forth Clara. This was all edited out of the final film. See more »
Review: What an awful movie! It's really boring from the beginning to the end and I found Al Pacino's character quite depressing. I didn't really get the point of the storyline because it didn't go anywhere and the ending didn't make any sense to me. Anyway, Al Pacino plays Manglehorn whose a mobile locksmith with a cat as his only companion. He constantly writes letters to the love of his life, who left him years ago and he has a rocky relationship with his son who turns to him for money after he comes under investigation for tampering with investments. Manglehorn gets a hefty bill for an operation that was performed on his cat who ate one of his keys, so he's unable to help his son which doesn't help there distant relationship. The only joy in Manglehorn life is a woman at the bank called Dawn (Holly Hunter), who he eventually plucks up the courage to ask her out. She soon falls for his dry humour but he still has his ex on his mind and it puts a strain on there relationship. All of the letters that he sent to his ex are returned to his address and he eventually gets fed up with trying to rekindle a relationship with her. After burning all of the letters, he tries to get back with Dawn but she is really upset with the way that he treated her. That's about it! No major twists or anything exciting! There are some unexplained scenes like the bees in the mailbox, the random car crash and the miming character, so the sketchy script really didn't help matters. Pacino's average acting seemed very one toned and his character was more of an miserable old git than a interesting, happy go lucky fellow. I basically couldn't stand the movie and I got fed up with watching Manglehorn going through life without a hope of happiness or joy. My hopes of Pacino getting back to top form are really running thin and he seems to be picking awful roles that are not doing his career any good. Boring and quite depressing!
Round-Up: What has happened to Pacino's career? Whenever I used to ask people who they favourite actors were, they would always say Pacino and DeNiro but they both haven't made a decent film for ages. At 75 years old, Alfredo James Pacino has had a roller-coaster career but he has always been highly respected in Hollywood and movie goers around the world. After the appalling FrapaCino rap in Jack & Jill with Adam Sandler, his career has gone completely downhill but he has some impressive movies coming up, which include the Irishman starring Robert DeNiro and directed by Martin Scorsese, Marco Polo with the Rock, Beyond Deceit with Anthony Hopkins and the Trap with Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro. Hopefully, these movies will bring him back into the spotlight and earn him the respect that he has been missing for some time. Anyway, this movie was directed by David Gordon Green who also brought you movies like All the Real Girls, Underflow, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, the Sitter, Prince Avalanche and Joe starring Nicolas Cage. For someone that has covered a wide range of genres, he really did make a mess of this movie and he didn't take advantage of the great cast. With 6 movies in the pipeline including the Innocent Man with George Clooney and Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, he should put this terrible movie behind him and put it down as a bad day at the office.