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A Long Way Down (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 June 2014 (USA)
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Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

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... Martin
... Maureen
... Jess
... JJ
Zara White ... Shanay
... Chas
Evelyn Duah ... Nurse
Therese Bradley ... Nurse 2
... Chris
... Reporter
... Matty
Diana Kent ... Hope
... Penny
... Gladys
... Airline Steward
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On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. Written by Anne Campbell

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Life is looking up.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Adio, dar mai stau putin  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,426, 13 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,093, 25 July 2014
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Emile Hirsch was cast as J.J., but he dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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When Martin is on the Tower, sirens are heard twice and they sound like American sirens not European ones that one would hear in London. See more »

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Martin: Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided to kill myself. That's the trouble with suicides, I've learned you can't cut the long story short, because it's the long story that people are interested in. Especially if you're me, which regrettably I was, and still am to this day. So, forgive me if you already knew this, but I'm Martin Sharp, the man who had everything. One wife, two children, three dogs, at least four People's Choice Awards, and five mornings a week on the most ...
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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris (as Fekaris) and Freddie Perren (as Perrin)
Performed by Cake
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Enjoyable, respecting the mood of the book
13 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you have read the novel by Nick Hornby, you will recognize the same ironic mood in the picture, where making fool of ourselves and of our small/big tragedies seems to be the only way to go on and not down. The comic hilarious side and the more dramatic one blend together without ever clashing and it is impossible not to identify oneself with the contrasting and sometimes simultaneous tendency of the characters to get depressed and to smile at life at the same time. I enjoyed the performance of all the group, especially Toni Colette who is always able to interpret her characters with such authenticity. And if you have not read the book, the movie may offer an occasion also to you to spend some enjoyable time.


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