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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Wilson
Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas ... Dog Lover (as Sandy Oian-Thomas)
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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wilson See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$336,227, 26 March 2017

Gross USA:

$653,951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$848,646
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Production Co:

Ad Hominem Enterprises See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Laura Dern and Judy Greer appeared in the Jurassic Park film franchise. Dern was in Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic Park III (2001), while Greer was in Jurassic World (2015). 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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Wilson (2017) See more »

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Me And You
Written by Len Brunson and Richard White
Performed by Richard White
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A little too unbalanced to highly recommend it, but it is relatable (to me).
30 March 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'WILSON': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A comedy-drama, based on the 2010 graphic novel (of the same name) by Daniel Clowes (who also wrote the screenplay). The film was directed by Craig Johnson, who also helmed the 2014 indie hit 'THE SKELETON TWINS', and it stars Woody Harrelson (in the title role). The movie tells the story of a lonely, neurotic and extremely honest middle-aged man, named Wilson, who goes looking for his teenage daughter, after just discovering he had one. Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Isabella Amara also costar in the movie. It's received a limited indie theatrical release at the Box Office, and it's gotten mostly mediocre reviews from critics. I also found the film to be far from perfect, but it's also at least somewhat entertaining and insightful.

Wilson (Harrelson) is a lonely middle-aged man, who's lived alone most of his life. He's neurotic, and he's also uncomfortably open, and honest, with almost everyone he meets; which causes most people to distance themselves from him. Wilson was briefly married, to another mentally unstable, and now drug addicted, woman named Pippi (Dern). Pippi and Wilson conceived a child together, years earlier, but Wilson was told the baby was aborted. When he finds out the child was born, and she's now living with adoptive parents nearby, he feels the obsessive need to meet her (Amara).

I've never read the graphic novel that the film is based on, but I did enjoy the quirky 2001 cult classic 'GHOST WORLD'; which Clowes also wrote the screenplay to (and the comic book it was based on). I do really like the Wilson character though, and I can really relate to him in many ways (but definitely not in every way). I think Harrelson does an outstanding job portraying him too, and the movie is quite involving because of it. It's a little too unbalanced though, to highly recommend it; it's just way too dark at times, in comparison to it's otherwise upbeat nature.

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