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Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 2012 (France)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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So Yong Kim (as SoYong Kim)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts William Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
Jon Heder ... Fred Butler
Margarita Levieva ... Claire Taylor
Julian Gamble ... Mr. Hamilton
Dakota Johnson ... Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo Ronald Walter Mandigo ... Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian Mara Pelifian ... Mrs. Butler
Shaylena Mandigo ... Ellen Taylor
Jena Malone ... Susan
Mike Almond Mike Almond ... Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron Gabrielle Bergeron ... Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia Bonnie Lucia ... Bar Extra
Robert Jordan Robert Jordan ... Bar Extra
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Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dla Ellen See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,282, 9 September 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 2012. See more »

Quotes

Joby Taylor: I was just... just young and stupid. I wanted to make it so bad.
Ellen Taylor: Have you made it?
Joby Taylor: Yeah, I think I'm real close. Uh... yeah, for sure. Yeah.
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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Paul Dano -istic
24 August 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) is a failed musician who just got divorced. He is estranged from his ex and his daughter. Essentially he is a complete mess. He needs to work out custody of his girl Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo) and in the process hopefully reconnect with her.

Paul Dano is able to play this part well. However I think it took too long to get to the girl. It felt repetitive to see him as a loser for that long. It stagnated the film. For the film to work, it needs to get to the girl quicker. I hate to complain about a little girl's performance. But she added very little to the emotional feel. She is stone-faced thru most of her screen time. Although it could be argued that it is called for, it's hard to act back and forth without 1 side participating.


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