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All Is Bright (2013)

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While out on parole, Dennis reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she's always wanted.


Phil Morrison
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Dennis
Paul Rudd ... Rene
Sally Hawkins ... Olga
Amy Landecker ... Therese
Tatyana Richaud Tatyana Richaud ... Michi
Adam Phillips Adam Phillips ... Antoine
Michael Drayer ... Bobby, who comes to buy a tree
Colman Domingo ... Nzomo
Halley Feiffer ... Claire, from last year
Nikki M. James ... Betsy
Gordon Joseph Weiss Gordon Joseph Weiss ... Blind Guy
Curtiss Cook ... Kevin (as Curtiss L'Cook)
Darren Goldstein ... Border Guard
Rob Munk Rob Munk ... Friendly Vermonteer
Peter Hermann ... Monsieur Tremblay


Two French Canadian ne'er-do-wells travel to New York City with a scheme to get rich quick selling Christmas trees. Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd couple must make an honest go of it in this buddy comedy. Written by Anonymous

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All is busted. All is broke. All is bitter. All is BRIGHT.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »






Release Date:

10 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Tupper Lake, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was released as "Almost Christmas" in the UK. See more »


Olga: Do you think I am your friend?
Dennis: Yah.
Olga: My friend - you smell.
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The First Noel
Written, Arranged, Produced, and Performed by Elegant Too
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Okay Movie
18 September 2013 | by cB391See all my reviews

All is Bright (2013) doesn't really appear to stand out as a great movie in any sense. It has a simple storyline, that is more obscure, but, still has a lot of randomness and boring conclusions.

The acting, especially the main characters (Rudd and Giamatti) were decent. They play ex-thieves who go to New York to sell Christmas trees. The supporting cast (Hawkins and Landecker) were good, and their characters play symbolic roles, and this can be seen in the different ways they behave toward Dennis (Giamatti).

The audio was rather apt, with a variety of piano solo's to indicate the mood, with overlaying images to reinforce said mood. The overall imagery was a bit lacking, but did it's part in trying to arouse sympathy for the main characters.

So far, these were the enjoyable parts of the film. The downside for me was... the plot, the weak connections drawn, the lack of explanation for certain tasks throughout the film, and the simple conclusion at the end. The symbolism of the various characters and of the objects (piano, ringtone) show an attempt at trying to build a deeper film, but sadly did not achieve what I was hoping it would. I wouldn't say the film is disappointing, but it doesn't have anything to make it stand out, very similar to Prince Avalanche (starring Rudd). 6/10, as it could've been something much better, had there been a deeper storyline developed, as well as adequate attention paid to detail.

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