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Wilson (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 March 2017 (USA)
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A lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife, and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Director:

Craig Johnson

Writers:

Daniel Clowes (graphic novel), Daniel Clowes (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Wilson
Sandy Oian-Thomas ... Dog Lover
Shaun J. Brown ... Laptop Man (as Shaun Brown)
James Robert Miller ... Bearded Man
Brett Gelman ... Robert
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Jodie
Judy Greer ... Shelly
Toussaint Morrison ... Diego
Andrew Hawtrey ... Commuter
Richard Ooms Richard Ooms ... Edwin (as Richard G. Ooms)
Shawn J. Hamilton ... Attendant (as Shawn Hamilton)
Tonita Castro ... Nanny
David Warshofsky ... Olsen
Lauren Weedman ... Cat Lady
Kimora Collins Kimora Collins ... Granddaughter
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Storyline

Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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He's a people person See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vilson See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$336,227, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$652,997, 14 April 2017
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Ad Hominem Enterprises See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Harrelson and David Warshofsky appeared in Now You See Me (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016). See more »

Quotes

Wilson: We all want people to love us for exactly who we are but that's not really possible in this world because we're just all too unbearable. You know, we gotta make the best of what we have.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Joe Manganiello/Judy Greer/Joe Pera (2017) See more »

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Going Yuan Chun Si
Written by Gao Ming
Courtesy of APM Music
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It's Wilson's world. We're just living in it.
2 April 2017 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

In 1944, legendary Hollywood producer Daryl F. Zanuck made a movie called "Wilson", a biopic about our highly educated, dignified and visionary 28th President – and the film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. 2017's "Wilson" (R, 1:34) is NOT a remake of that film. Not even a little. The more recent "Wilson" is also not a spin-off of "Cast Away". The title character in 2017's "Wilson" doesn't have any of the qualities of that President who led us through World War I and who established the forerunner of the United Nations (except maybe for… honesty). And this Wilson has much more personality that Tom Hanks' famous volleyball buddy. This Wilson is more like a less volatile cousin of Michael Douglas' character in 1993's "Falling Down"… and is like a half-brother to Bill Murray's character in 2014's "St. Vincent". But, notwithstanding those cinematic comparisons, "Wilson", as portrayed by Woody Harrelson, is an original and unique character and one who I wish I could be like… sometimes.

Wilson is a lonely middle-aged man with a lot of faults, but he doesn't mean any harm. Wilson is honest… to a fault. He's impulsive… to a fault. He's even empathetic… to… well, you get the point. You see, it's Wilson's world and we're just living in it. He'll stop a stranger walking her dog, talk only to the dog – in a cutesy animal voice – and then act confused when the woman yanks her dog away and looks at Wilson like he's a weirdo. Wilson will ride a virtually empty train, sit right next to a businessman wearing earbuds, interrogate him about his life and not feel the least bit uncomfortable when the man forcefully asks Wilson to go sit somewhere else. Wilson is also the kind of person who will go visit an old friend in hopes of renewing their relationship but then change his mind and calmly tell his friend that he had forgotten what a joyless and unkind person his friend really is. But in spite of all this, the most important thing to know about Wilson is that he just wants to be loved… on his own terms, of course.

One fine day, Wilson decides to go looking for his ex-wife, Pippi (Laura Dern). He remembers Pippi as basically a crack whore – and that's how he describes her to everyone he encounters who he thinks might know her. With the help of Pippi's very WASPy sister (Cheryl Hines), Wilson is able to track Pippi down to her waitress job, where she is using a different name, but is still kind of a mess. Pippi is none too happy to see Wilson – or to endure the problems that his presence causes for her at work – but she still falls right back into bed with him. That's when she reveals that she had Wilson's baby sixteen years before and put her up for adoption. Wilson is beyond excited that he's a father and talks Pippi into coming with him to find their daughter, a surly, heavy-set girl named Claire (Isabella Amara). Claire lives with upper-middle-class adopted parents who neglect her… but she's still not thrilled to meet and be stalked by Wilson and Pippi. Nevertheless, Wilson is thrilled to have an "instant family" and won't give up on Pippi or Claire. And with a man like Wilson driving this train… what could possibly go wrong?? "Wilson" is wonderfully crude, funny and heart-felt. Wilson acts like we all wish we could act… sometimes. Personally, I envy his fearlessness and his ability to be himself and not care what other people think. Of course, he's also a jerk, he knows it and he doesn't care, so that part… not quite as admirable. In adapting his own innovative graphic novel of the same name, American cartoonist Daniel Clowes gives us a fully-drawn character who never really changes who he is as a person, but who still manages some growth. As directed by Craig Johnson ("The Skeleton Twins") and starring the versatile Harrelson, we get a fully realized character who is equal parts funny and obnoxious, but who still comes off as sympathetic. Besides the usual great work by the star, Dern gives a transformative performance and Amara shines in her most significant role to date. Margo Martindale, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brett Gelman and (especially) Judy Greer contribute strong supporting performances. "Wilson" is an enjoyable foray into an uninhibited mind – and a reminder why we wouldn't really want to live that way. "A-"


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