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The Greatest (2009)

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A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl, and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son.

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Shana Feste

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Shana Feste
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Rose
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Bennett Brewer (as Aaron Johnson)
Pierce Brosnan ... Allen Brewer
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Brewer
Johnny Simmons ... Ryan Brewer
Kevin Hagan Kevin Hagan ... Priest
Amy Morton ... Lydia
Deirdre O'Connell ... Joyce
Miles Robbins ... Sean Brewer
Cara Seymour ... Janis
Ramsey Faragallah ... Dr. Shamban
Jennifer Ehle ... Joan
Colby Minifie ... Latent
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Cheryl
Zoë Kravitz ... Ashley
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Storyline

Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out she's pregnant, she winds up at the Brewer's door. She needs their help, and although they can't quite admit it, they each need her so they can begin to heal. Written by napierslogs

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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

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Official Sites:

The Greatest Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour l'amour de Bennett See more »

Filming Locations:

Rockland, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,616, 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,862, 25 April 2010
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Johnny Simmons is four years older than his Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he plays his younger brother. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Allen is looking for Rose, he stops his vehicle and hops out while the windshield wipers are still going and shuts the vehicle off with the wipers in the 'up' position. In the next shot, the wipers are down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bennett Brewer: All right, I have a secret to tell you.
Rose: You're in the middle of the road.
Bennett Brewer: I know. Do you wanna hear it?
Rose: Do you want to move your car first?
Bennett Brewer: No, not really. I just wanna tell you one more thing.
Rose: All right.
[takes a Polaroid picture of him]
Bennett Brewer: What? That's not gonna be good.
Rose: [laughing] Okay, tell me.
[...]
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Performed by Inara George
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Spotty characterization undermines what could have been a great movie.
13 August 2010 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"I want to know everything I would know if he was still alive. I want more memories of him."

After their teenage son Bennett (Aaron Johnson) dies in an accident, Allen and Grace (Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon) are left unable pick up the pieces and move on after his death. But when the young woman (Carey Mulligan) who's carrying Bennett's unborn baby arrives at their doorstep with nowhere else to go, the tension and pain of Bennett's death is brought forward in a way that will either destroy the family, or finally push them towards dealing with their grief. Scenes of Rose and Bennett's relationship before his death are also woven throughout the movie, and provide a nice way to better know the two characters.

The Greatest started off pretty well. The scenario of a family struggling with the loss of a child isn't an uncommon one, but the cast seemed well on their way to delivering a solid story about loss and healing. Mulligan was excellent, and Brosnan and Sarandon were solid, even though they occasionally didn't quite deliver the emotion that they were reaching for in a few scenes. No, my problem with The Greatest wasn't the actors or the premise, it was the writing.

The story takes the oddest detours at times, often with little relevance to, well...the actual story. This really seemed apparent with the character of Ryan, whose entire subplot with the girl he meets has little relevance on his character arc, and made his resolution feel artificial, as a result. And Rose and Allen's trip to a teenage party seemed completely out of place, and I was left wondering what it was supposed to add to the story. The characters also didn't appear to have a truly solid identity, and as a result, some of their decisions and interactions didn't come off as genuine. It's like writer and director Shana Feste had ideas about what she wanted to see happen in the movie, but didn't bother to build those ideas around relatable and believable characters. A movie like this depends on making a connection between the audience and the characters, and at times, that connection felt very hollow, for me.

The Greatest is an okay movie, but I'm convinced that it could have been much better with a script written by someone with a better grasp on creating solid characters.


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