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Are You Here (2013)

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Two childhood best friends, one a superficial womanizer and the other a barely functioning bipolar, embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns his estranged father has died.

Director:

Matthew Weiner

Writer:

Matthew Weiner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Steve Dallas
Jay Gates ... Ramada Waiter
Jason Davis ... George
Melissa Rauch ... Marie
Melanie Ratcliff Melanie Ratcliff ... Attractive Neighbor
Zach Galifianakis ... Ben Baker
Naomi Lavette Naomi Lavette ... Erin (as Naomi LaVette)
Lauren Lapkus ... Delia Shepard
Alana De La Garza ... Victoria Riolobos (as Alana de la Garza)
Greg Cromer ... Kyle Robertson
Paul Schulze ... Dave Harken
Matthew Cornwell ... Stu
Bridget Gethins Bridget Gethins ... Patty
Michael Genevie ... Minister
Amy Poehler ... Terry Coulter
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Storyline

Ben Baker is a man-child who lives on his friend's couch getting high. His friend, Steve Dallas, is a moderately successful weather reporter who is living a superficial life. When Ben receives word that his father has died, Steve drives him home and they re-connect with Ben's successful and driven sister Terri and hippie step-mother Angela who is the same age as they are. The reading of the will drives Ben to come up with a new purpose in life, but those around him don't prove to be very supportive, and then they all re-examine their own lives. Written by Anne Campbell

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Friendship... there's nothing in it for anybody.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

You Are here See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Gilbert Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The television station in the movie is WJZ in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the filming was done in the station located on "TV Hill" in West Baltimore. See more »

Goofs

When Owen Wilson is driving in the PA town a state route sign can be seen. The route number is inside a circle. If he were in PA the route number would be in a keystone. See more »

Quotes

Terri Coulter: What would you do if you couldn't have children?
Felty Yoder: I would pray to God to send them to me.
Terri Coulter: What if you don't believe in God?
Felty Yoder: Maybe that's why you can't have children.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze
(From "The Mikado")
Written by W.S. Gilbert (as William Schwenck Gilbert), Arthur Sullivan (as Arthur Seymore Sullivan)
Conducted by Carl Davis, Vocals by Shirley Henderson
Courtesy of Thin Man Films Ltd
Under license from Untitled 98 Ltd
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Are You Here suffers from a lack of identity
9 October 2014 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

"That's the thing about friendship - it's a lot rarer than love; there's nothing in it for anybody."

I feel sorry for the Matthew Weiner fans out there who are approaching his first feature film basically for their love of Mad Men because there isn't anything here for anybody. The creator of the successful HBO series seems lost in his intentions with this film. The trailers are selling this film as a comedy and we'd expect that considering the fact it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, all extremely hilarious comedic actors. But despite the fact that the first fifteen or so minutes begin as your average comedy, it ends up taking a rather unconventional and bizarre path. It would be much more appropriate to classify this film as a drama which tries to study the effects of mental illness, although it fails to do so. There are few films who have been able to pull it off (the most recent that comes to mind is David O. Russell's Silver Lining Playbook) because it is such a sensitive and reserved area. This film never really decides what it wants to be and the story takes unexpected directions (and I say this in a negative way). Nothing really makes sense and the characters never feel authentic; some of the decisions they make are confounding and disturbing. The decisions they make don't make sense at all, but the story goes on as if everything is perfectly normal and expects us to believe it. The biggest problem with Are You Here is that it lacks identity, it doesn't know what direction to take after establishing the characters and the premise. The tone of this film is so strange that it will engage very few audiences and I'm not one of them. This is neither a bromance nor a romantic comedy nor a serious attempt at examining mental illness, although at times the film seems to try to be all these things. It adds up to nothing. The greatest thing about Are You Here ended up being Galifianakis' shaved beard.

There was a time in the past when only seeing Owen Wilson on screen would tear me up no matter what, but his recent films haven't resonated with me so well and I haven't found him as funny as I once did. I am sure he will bounce back soon, but for now I really don't have high expectations for his films. Galifianakis has been either hit or miss with me and he seems to play a similar character in most of his films. I'm not a huge fan of Amy Poehler unless she is working alongside Tina Fey. She is funny, but in a more serious role she feels completely miscast. Laura Ramsey was beautiful, but her hippie character had no personality and was perhaps the weakest character in the film whose motivations are never understood. As much as I admire these actors, I really can't think of one performance in this film that actually worked. There is no memorable comedic moment and there isn't anything worth examining about mental illness here either. If the film was trying to be a dramedy it failed completely because it never managed to do either. If you don't believe me go and see it for yourself, but at least I tried to warn you!


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