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A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

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Matt Aselton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Brian Weathersby
Zooey Deschanel ... Happy Lolly
John Goodman ... Al Lolly
Edward Asner ... Kirby Weathersby (as Ed Asner)
Jane Alexander ... Barbara Weathersby
Ian Roberts ... John Weathersby
Robert Stanton ... James Weathersby
Clarke Peters ... Roger Stovall
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Kevin Blue
Mary Page Keller ... Marguerite Lolly
Zach Galifianakis ... Homeless Man
Brian Avers ... Larry Arbogast
Leven Rambin ... Missy Thaxton
Susan Misner ... Melanie Lolly
Matt Walton ... Conner Williams
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Storyline

Do we ever get what we want? Brian sells mattresses in a warehouse store. His father and older brothers have material success; he wants a child. He's applied to adopt a baby from China. A man who appears homeless seems to be stalking Brian with violent intent. He meets Happy, the daughter of a rich, quirky customer. She doesn't stick to anything, but she and Brian hit it off, except for her vomiting when she learns about his adoption idea. He wants her to meet his family, and there's a call about the adoption. What will Happy do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When it comes to family and relationships, there are no small surprises

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Falrengető See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,294, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,079, 28 June 2009
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At 1:05:01, vomit is not originating from Happy's mouth. See more »

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Larry Arbogast: Hey, you gotta swim if you wanna bang at home. That's reality. Remember that.
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Brooklyn King
Written by Masta Killa (as Elgin Turner) & Devin Horwitz
Performed by Masta Killa
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Under license from Navy Yard (ASCAP)
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Unknowns, Edges, Dreams
9 August 2010 | by tedgSee all my reviews

The fashionable movies these days rely on finding an edge in convention and dangling a foot in the unknown waters on the other side. Wes Anderson and Jason Reitman and Judd Apatow are practitioners of this dynamic. The strategy is plain, with the skill coming from the balancing act.

So far, those three have done nothing but take a stable genre and story form and walk it to its edge. There is amusement along the way. I like these. But they don't go deep. They are afraid to hurt. We've had a few years of this now and already the technique has become the default in the least valuable of films: romantic comedies.

What we need is someone who knows how to find that edge and go to it. Someone who doesn't just dip a toe, but who jumps back and forth fearlessly carrying back insight. We need more Igby from the other side, but brought back.

This young filmmaker is just what I hoped for. The filmmaking is assured. The arcs are broken as intended. It suitably confuses the newspaper critics. It hurts in places.

I won't fall into the trap of summarizing what is shown, because what matters is what is not shown. Its the empty spaces in the narrative.

Why is someone familiar beating up our hero? Who is this endearing, broken soul that Zooey plays? What role does that gay guy play, the guy we meet at the beginning and never see again? What are those lines that seduce, are never said, but are remarked on as if they need not be?

There is a fold here: the sister runs a TeeVee shopping show; Zooey's character helps in an unknown way. In keeping with the gaps, we never know where the fold goes. There is a device from a standard romantic comedy: having a child. It happens but we have no idea how to register it against out romcom templates.

Some may think these are signs of a broken movie or an immature writer-director. They seem to me to be effective, deliberately engineered gaps that define an unknown, moving edge we are taken to and baptized in the open ignorance we bring.

Zooey really does understand what is going on. She's the perfect actor for this experiment.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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