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Don McKay (2009)

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Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Haden Church ... Don McKay
Rachel Harker ... School Secretary
Stephen Benson Stephen Benson ... Principal Edwards
M. Emmet Walsh ... Samuel
Melissa Leo ... Marie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
Elisabeth Shue ... Sonny
Amanda George ... Clerk (as Amanda Donaghey)
James Rebhorn ... Dr. Lance Pryce
Bates Wilder ... Officer Tierney
Keith David ... Otis Kent
Melissa Rosal Melissa Rosal ... Hostess
Meagan Hawkes Meagan Hawkes ... Colleen Simmons
Dossy Peabody Dossy Peabody ... Cafeteria Worker
Robert Wahlberg ... Alfred
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Mel
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Storyline

Don McKay is living a very lowly life as a janitor. Then he receives a letter from his high school girlfriend, Sonny, who announces that she is dying and that she needs him to come back home. But when Don arrives back in his hometown, he finds Sonny's doctor has a crush on her and has no intention of letting Don back into her life, and the rest of the town remembers the tragedy that drove Don away in the first place and they have no intention of letting Don come back, at least not without paying some dues. Written by napierslogs

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Some secrets are better left buried.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moment of Truth See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,919, 2 April 2010, Limited Release
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Animus Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the early portion of the movie, Don McKay is shown working as a janitor at a school called "Premat Prep", likely a playful reference to the film's Director of Photography, Phil Parmet. See more »

Goofs

When Don and Sonny drive home after the romantic dinner at the restaurant, the left head light of the pick-up truck is broken, but when they arrive home and park the vehicle both lights are working. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.22 (2010) See more »

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Really solid film noir, dark comedy!
12 July 2010 | by spetemanSee all my reviews

If you read the few reviews on here that bashed the movie, you will believe it was pointless. They missed it entirely. I can only say that this was a very enjoyable tale start to end, and well worth watching particularly for anyone who enjoys a slow build to a finale. I am always looking for an original story and original telling of it, and highly recommend this nice little gem that you will not regret seeing.

Don McKay is a suspense crime thriller that you will want to watch a second time because the reveal at the end makes you re-examine the entire movie. I give this 8 out 10 stars because the movie did get a little bit into the unbelievable realm when the puzzle started to unravel, but the final payoff is so filled with revelation that you forgive that.

The first half of the movie was paced and shown in a very similar style to Shutter Island, and I felt was extremely well done. (However, if you don't like a slow build and pacing that takes it's time, then you probably won't like this movie.) I personally started to believe that this little movie could have gone for a major ending of epic proportions -- it was that well done in my opinion. But, Act Two did keep the movie on a smaller scale and got a bit quirky in parts, which was a disappointment. However, it was all worth it as you finally understand what was going on the entire time in the final minutes. It keeps you guessing the entire time, and even when you do guess right, which I had done, the ending still took it to a whole new level that I did not expect. Total surprise.

I will also add that I was laughing out loud during several sequences of the movie. The dark humor was really good.

Acting was excellent, although I say that after understanding the whole situation at the end. During the movie I felt it was more like average, but that ending puts it all in a new light.

Cinematography, score, and sets were excellent, felt just right for the tone and added a nice reinforcing effect on the movie.


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