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Assisted Living (2003)

R | | Comedy, Drama | February 2003 (USA)
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"Assisted Living" chronicles a day in the life of Todd, a janitor who "Assisted Living" is shot and staged in a real nursing home and gains


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Cast overview:
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"Assisted Living" chronicles a day in the life of Todd, a janitor who spends his days smoking pot and interacting with the residents for his own entertainment. Todd's detachment from his surroundings is compromised only by his unlikely friendship with Mrs. Pearlman, a resident who begins to confuse him with her son. On this particular day, Todd must choose whether or not to play the part. "Assisted Living" is shot and staged in a real nursing home and gains much of its unique effect and style from the participation of actual residents and staff members. During much of the film, it is impossible to distinguish between what is real and what is fiction. Written by Lars Ericson

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some pot smoking


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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,146, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,929, 13 February 2005
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21 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just want to preface this with the fact that everyone has an opinion. Making a film or a piece of art in general is respectable. You're putting yourself out there for people to tear you apart or love you. So, with the utmost respect...How is this being reviewed so well? The narrative was very weak and the documentary sections seemed to ramble on and on. How many times can a montage of old people's hands and feet be interesting? I felt nothing for the lead character at all and halfway through the film wanted to go to sleep. While combining documentary and fiction film is an interesting concept, it totally doesn't work here. It seems like something patched together.

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