Middle aged Jonathan, Richard, Rob and Tim are friends from their college days, each who has had some modicum of success in his life, but each who is facing an issue resulting in dissatisfaction with his current lot. Divorced father Jonathan is a physician whose practice is largely made up of wealthy patients for who he writes prescriptions for drugs for recreational use in return for payola. Party boy Richard was once a novelist, but now resorts to teaching high school English to make a living. Stockbroker Ron is happily married with kids, but in providing for his family, he decided to steal from his clients which has now resulted in a probable indictment by the Securities Commission for embezzlement. And five years ago, openly bisexual Tim was the driver that caused an accident which killed both his sister and his boyfriend, the guilt surrounding which still remains with him. As they live in various parts of the country, they make a point to get together at least once a year for a ...Written by
Even though the four main characters are all supposed to be 44 years old, none of the actors portraying them were that age during filming. Rob Lowe was the eldest at 46, Jeremy Piven was 45, Thomas Jane was 41 and Christian McKay was the youngest at 37. In an obvious attempt to reconcile the last discrepancy, Jane's character at one point says to McKay's "God, you don't age! You got a painting of yourself in an attic somewhere?", referencing Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. See more »
I don't understand, I mean, is there something wrong with that?
You published a book. I'd love to be able...
I was like that. I was so fucking excited about this... and... about that. But you just, you think it's gonna be so fucking rosy! So fucking rosy!
Well Jonah's not like that. He doesn't think anything's gonna be some certain way. He just loves to write.
You don't have to speak for me...
You, you live in some sort of disallusionment! Because it's easier than being honest. What are you hiding ...
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In an era of forgettable films, this movie dares to go full throttle, staying in your bloodstream for days. It takes a complex and dark look at the mid-life crisis, which for many is not just a cliché. It has a punk rock, take-no-prisoners attitude that clearly makes people uncomfortable. Before I saw it, I'd read reviews about "self-indulgent, whining white guys," but I think these people missed the point entirely. This movie is about paying respect to the dreams you had when you were young, however naïve they may have been. It's about pain, honesty, friendship, and a certain degree of insanity. These characters aren't heroic, if anything expect the opposite. The four actors give raw, unhinged, moving performances.
Is it for everybody? No. It's polarizing, in-your-face, and also one of the most daring and original films I've ever seen. If you're looking for a movie that makes you feel something, that makes you think about choices you (or the people around you) have made, this is a must-see.
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