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The Late Bloomer (2016)

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The story of an adult male who, after the successful removal of a benign tumor resting against his pituitary gland, experiences all the changes and effects of puberty over a three-week period.

Director:

Kevin Pollak

Writers:

Ken Baker (based on the book "Man Made: A Memoir of My Body" by), Joe Nussbaum (screenplay by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte McKinney ... Attractive Woman
Johnny Simmons ... Peter Newmans
Blake Cooper ... Josh
Kumail Nanjiani ... Rich
Beck Bennett ... Luke
Lenora Crichlow ... Nikki
Diana Lyubenova Diana Lyubenova ... Marilyn (as Diana Lubenova)
Paul Wesley ... Charlie
Brittany Snow ... Michelle
J.K. Simmons ... James Newmans
Maria Bello ... Brenda Newmans
Jane Lynch ... Caroline Chambers
Joey Greer Joey Greer ... Doug
Matt Jones ... Max
Jason Antoon ... Kenny
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Perfect gentleman and psychiatric therapist Peter Newmans is assumed gay by his doting patients, female neighbors and profiteering male playmates who envy his slick way with women. Then he's diagnosed with and operated for a rare, non-aggressive brain tumor, which suppressed his pituitary gland, the hormonal trigger of puberty. To the delight of his father, who always waited for normal 'teen rebellion' and knavish womanizing, Peter now rushes trough phases of 'growing up' sexually, with the benefits of adult body and income but without normal experience, confusing him, his crushes and his male friends. Written by KGF Vissers

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Based on the (Mostly) True Story of the 30-Year-old Who Just Hit Puberty.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dojrzewanie wieku sredniego See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria See more »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Johnny Simmons and J.K. Simmons also worked together in the short film Whiplash (2013) See more »

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References Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »

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Written by Misun Wojcik and Andrew Wallace
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Incredible supporting performances that deserved better.
5 August 2017 | by evendir-308-386664See all my reviews

Okay, so here's the thing -- I watched this film over a week ago, and I'm still thinking about it. Why? Because I get riled up over films that are SO CLOSE to being good, but just... aren't.

The Late Bloomer definitely falls into this category. There are bits of dialogue and interactions between characters which are genuinely top-notch comedy, and the supporting cast put in one of the best ensemble performances I've seen in ages. Seriously. Kumail Nanjiani in particular is fantastic, and J.K. Simmons continues to be the best supporting actor in Hollywood right now.

Buuuuuut... there are six writing credits listed, and it's likely that therein lies the problem. The moments of brilliance are almost completely overshadowed by other bits of writing which are, at best, trite, and at worst completely cringe-worthy. The last twenty minutes or so of the film legitimately don't even make sense, and are among the worst I've seen all year. It really feels like something that was cobbled together from different people who had different ideas of what the film should be, and maybe some of those people were... incorrect.

So yeah, I wish this film was as good as it could have been. A lot of inspired performances and great dialogue that deserved better than what this ends up being.


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