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Mercy (2009)

R | | Drama, Romance | June 2009 (USA)
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A young novelist tries to write about love, but realizes he will first need some real-life experience before taking on the subject.

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Patrick Hoelck

Writer:

Scott Caan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Caan ... Johnny Ryan
Wendy Glenn ... Mercy
Troy Garity ... Dane
Erika Christensen ... Robin
Alexie Gilmore ... Chris
John Boyd ... Erik
Dylan McDermott ... Jake
James Caan ... Gerry
Kelly Lynch ... Self
Balthazar Getty ... Self
Whitney Able ... Heather
Michael Testone Michael Testone ... Bartender
Jamie Strange ... Jessica
Holly Valance ... Tess
Bre Blair ... Beach Hotel Concierge
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Johnny Ryan is a facile writer of best sellers, and he's a womanizer. At a party in L.A. to celebrate the publication of his third book, he's arranged an assignation with one of the catering crew when he meets Mercy, a writer in town from New York. She turns out to be a critic whose review savages his book. He calls on her at her hotel, invites her out, and they find they enjoy each other. When her brief stay in L.A. is to end, he asks her to stay. Jump ahead: he's bearded, alone, and emotionally shut down. He visits his father, a university professor from whom he's estranged. What's going on? Where's Mercy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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

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The second time that father and son James Caan and Scott Caan have collaborated together since A Boy Called Hate (1995). In both of these films, they played father and son. See more »

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Scott Caan does some good acting
7 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Johnny Ryan (Scott Caan) is a successful clean-living writer and a dedicated one-night-stand bachelor. At a party for his book, he falls for Mercy Bennett but she slyly rejects him. His agent Jake (Dylan McDermott) tells him about all the rave reviews except for one savaging by critic Mercy. He confronts her and they eventually hit it off. Some time later, he's bitter, angry, and disheveled. His friends Erik and Chris set him up with Robin (Erika Christensen). It goes badly and he visits his estranged father (James Caan).

Scott Caan is unlikely to win any awards for his writing. It's a sparse script with a few bits of interesting dialog. The more compelling part is that this allowed him to do some acting. The emptiness in his life is compelling. It would have been great to have a better actress play Mercy. A switch with Christensen could be wonderful. This is an effective romantic tragedy.


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Language:

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June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,776, 2 May 2010

Gross USA:

$6,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,780
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2.35 : 1
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