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The Elder Son (2006)

A story of a Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, whose life changes when a young local car thief passes himself off as his long-lost son.

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Marius Balchunas

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Marius Balchunas (screenplay), Scott Sturgeon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane West ... Bo
Leelee Sobieski ... Lolita
Eric Balfour ... Skip
Rade Serbedzija ... Max
Reiley McClendon ... Nikita
Regina Hall ... Susan
Brian Geraghty ... Greg
Ed Begley Jr. ... Leonard
Elya Baskin ... Uncle Fedya
Svetlana Efremova ... Vera
Ivana Milicevic ... Tanya
Joel David Moore ... Kenny (as Joel Moore)
Alan Blumenfeld ... Mr. Kleeman
Michael Rose ... Mom's Boyfriend (as Michael Edward Rose)
Kathleen Gati ... Fedya's Wife
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THE OPTIMIST is the story of Max, a Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, whose life changes when Bo, looking for a hideout after a botched car heist, passes himself off as Max's long-lost son. Complications ensue when Bo falls in love with his newfound "sister" Lolita. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Optimist See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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An awful film adaptation of an genial play
3 November 2013 | by shabuncSee all my reviews

Be warned, there's a much, much stronger movie based on the same play. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073743/

This is not that I'm not into remakes, but it's just bad. Everything is bad - music (balalaikas - of course, such a fresh choice, violins), acting. The depiction of Russian emigrants is so stereotypic that this even surprises - but which is way more surprising is that they are emigrants at all. The thing is that the play is about human relationships and the story can be told about an old man with ruined life of literally any nationality. He could be 100% WASP American, he could be an African American, he could be whoever, but being a very lubberly depicted Russian emigrant - well, this actually just distracts.

Which is an excellent yet sad example of how even a genial play can be ruined.

Once again, watch the movie I've gave link to. It is masterpiece congenial to the play.


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