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Daddy Longlegs (2009)

Go Get Some Rosemary (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 2010 (France)
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A father juggling his kids with the rest of his responsibilities is ultimately faced with the choice of being their father or their friend.

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Ronald Bronstein (with more from), Benny Safdie | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Bronstein Ronald Bronstein ... Lenny
Alex Greenblatt Alex Greenblatt ... Alex
Sage Ranaldo Sage Ranaldo ... Sage Sokol
Frey Ranaldo Frey Ranaldo ... Frey Sokol
Victor Puccio Victor Puccio ... Principal Puccio
Lance 'Batman' Chamberlain Lance 'Batman' Chamberlain ... Vietnam Vet #1
Baker Suitson Baker Suitson ... Vietnam Vet #2
Peter Cramer Peter Cramer ... Cruiser at 'Y'
Eleonore Hendricks ... Leni
Sean Price Williams Sean Price Williams ... Dale (as Sean Williams)
Dakota O'Hara ... Roberta (as Dakota Goldhor)
Jonny Napalm Jonny Napalm ... Guy in Bar (as Johnny Napalm)
Simone Parker Simone Parker ... Bartender
Aren Topdijian Aren Topdijian ... Aren (Boyfriend) (as Aren Topdjian)
Danny Callahan Danny Callahan ... Tow Truck Driver
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Storyline

After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late and away from his kids, Lenny, 34 with graying frazzled hair, picks his kids up from school. Every year he spends a couple of weeks with his sons Sage, 9, and Frey, 7. Lenny juggles his kids and everything else all within a midtown studio apartment in New York City. He ultimately faces the choice of being their father or their friend all with the idea that these two weeks must last 6 months. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, "magic" blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives. The film is a swan song to excuses and responsibilities; to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it's like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult. Written by Josh and Benny Safdie

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

IFC Films [United States]

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy Longlegs See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,323, 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,728, 30 May 2010
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (LtRt)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-director Josh Safdie approached the young actors after spotting them on the streets of New York and immediately went up to them and asked them and their mother if they wanted to be in the film. See more »

Connections

References A Woman Under the Influence (1974) See more »

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Oh Lord, Please Forgive Me Now
Performed by Bruce Hirdler
[Special thanks to Irwin Chusio]
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Good enough to make me wish I'd liked it more.
18 July 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

The Safdie Brothers certainly served their apprenticeship. Their 2009 film "Daddy Longlegs" (aka "Go Get Some Rosemary"), is as independent and as close to 'cinema verite' as American cinema gets and its study of a deadbeat father's relationship with his sons is full of an improvisatorary feeling where the players don't so much act their parts as live them; we could be watching a documentary.

There's no plot, just a series of nicely observed slices of life filmed on the streets of the Safdie's native New York and showing all the promise of early Scorsese. Where it falls down is in its lack of any kind of substantial drama not, of course, that great drama happens very much in everyday life but after a certain length of time people-watching can become a tad dull. What sustains the film is the superbly naturalistic performance of Ronald Bronstein as the father, (he was also one of the film's co-writers). A newcomer, it's almost impossible to say where Bronstein ends and his character begins. He's wonderful in the part but he's also the kind of man I would cross the street to avoid, lacking as he does any sense of responsibility. The kids, too, are excellent, again not so much 'acting' as simply playing extentions of themselves. The film itself comes over as a cross between autobiography and homage and is a little too personal for mass consumption. It's sufficiently good that I wish I liked it more.


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