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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.

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Phil Morrison
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Tupper Lake, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,556, 4 October 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This film was released as "Almost Christmas" in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Olga: You have heart like Putin.
Dennis: Uh you're the one who told me what to charge!
Olga: What to charge the haves! Like dentist.
Dennis: Habs?
Olga: *Haves*. I have this, I have that. I have - tickets to the Knicks game. I have everything. I have DOLCE GABBANA underwears.
[pause]
Olga: Yah?
Dennis: Yah!
Olga: [quietly] Yah.
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Kiss Me Baby
Written and Performed by Ernest Chapman
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All is bright... But all is not funny...
8 October 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I must say for a comedy starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, then "All Is Bright" was somewhat of a disappointment if you look at the movie from a comedy aspect. Why? Well, because there was almost no comedy here. This was more a drama with some elements of pseudo-comedy thrown into it.

The story is about Dennis (played by Paul Giamatti) who is released from prison, only to find his wife Therese (played by Amy Landecker) having told their daughter that he is dead. And to make matters worse, she is to marry his former partner in crime Rene (played by Paul Rudd). Down on his luck and low on cash, Dennis have to bite the sour apple and go with Rene to New York City to sell Christmas trees.

Now, as much as the story is without comedy that will make you laugh, then the movie is equally stacked with an interesting story that was really well acted by the lead actors, and they really carried the movie quite nicely.

The characters in the movie were well carved out, with lots of depth, personality and characteristics, as odd as they may be. But with the talent of Rudd and Giamatti, then the audience are introduced to two very different characters, that are each individually very likable for better or worse. And together on the screen, their chemistry is just magnificent.

"All Is Bright" is well worth a watch if you enjoy a movie that is something out of the ordinary.


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