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Beginners (2010)

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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

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Mike Mills

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Mike Mills
Won 1 Oscar. Another 34 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Oliver
Christopher Plummer ... Hal
Mélanie Laurent ... Anna
Goran Visnjic ... Andy
Kai Lennox ... Elliot
Mary Page Keller ... Georgia
Keegan Boos ... Young Oliver
China Shavers ... Shauna
Melissa Tang ... Liz
Amanda Payton ... Party Person
Luke Diliberto Luke Diliberto ... Green Witch
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Magician
Bambadjan Bamba ... The Sads
Hana Jane Hana Jane ... The Sads (as Hana Hwang)
Samuel T. Ritter Samuel T. Ritter ... The Sads
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Storyline

In 2003, 38-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal to cancer, 5 years after his mother Georgia's death. Oliver is naturally sullen because of his relationships with his parents growing up (especially his mother, who had a unique view of life) and watching their cordial but somewhat distant marital relationship, but he's more so now as he deals with his personal losses. He embarks on a relationship with French actress Anna, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life, will show him how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a new joie de vivre and have an open relationship with Andy, a much-younger man. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including her own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver inheriting Arthur, Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This is what love feels like.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 June 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginners, así se siente el amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,340, 5 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,790,894, 8 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,311,701, 27 February 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally, one of Christopher Plummer's fellow supporting actor nominees the year he became the oldest acting Oscar-winner was Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Von Sydow was also 82 at the time, albeit several months older. See more »

Goofs

On Hal Fields' death certificate, it says "Date of death: 09/17/04". We know from the movie that he's already passed away in 2003. See more »

Quotes

Hal: Well, let's say...
Oliver: Arthur, down!
Hal: ...let's say since you were little, and... and you... you always dreamed of... of someday getting a lion, and you wait and you wait and you wait and you wait, and the lion doesn't come. Then along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.
Oliver: I'd wait for the lion.
Hal: That's why I worry about you.
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Moon Waltz
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Performed by Brian Reitzell
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Are There Cheerier People Somewhere to Hang Out With?
11 March 2012 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Ewan McGregor and the lovely Melanie Laurent play two morose people who have no faith in the existence of love or relationships that can actually work and yet nevertheless decide to give it a try with each other.

The film has some modest charms to recommend it, but it's ultimately too gloomy for its own good. The characters played by McGregor and Laurent are so vaguely mopey that I found myself not caring all that much whether or not they found happiness in each other -- or even happiness at all. I just wanted to find happier people to hang out with.

Christopher Plummer received much acclaim, and an Oscar by the time I got around to writing this comment, as McGregor's dad, who comes out of the closet and then dies of cancer, not helping much to dispel his son's gloom.

Grade: B-


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