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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:
Michael Bonsignore ...
Maggie Riley ...
Mrs. Pearlman
Nancy Jo Boone ...
Nancy Jo
Malerie Boone ...
Malerie Skelley
Clint Vaught ...
Hance Purcell
Kathy Hogan
Jose Albovias ...


"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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some pot smoking


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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,146, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,929, 13 February 2005
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Doesn't quite make it
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Saw this at the pre-release screening in NYC. Why do people think that only stoners, misfits and screw-ups show "humanity?" Todd the janitor was not really kind to the old people; the care-takers who follow the rules and show up every day deserve the real credit in "assisted living." The director answered questions after the screening and his heart is in the right place but he is perhaps overly influenced by "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and others in the genre. He did get some good performances from his real-life residents and captured the way these facilities are run. Particularly good was the administrator who needs a bottle of bourbon--the film was shot in Kentucky--to get through the day.

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