When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure.


Phil Dorling (written for the screen by), Ron Nyswaner (written for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Eli Bloom
Melissa Leo ... Penny Bloom
Tracy Morgan ... Sprinkles
Emma Rayne Lyle ... Nicole Bloom
Sarah Ramos ... Chloe
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Black
Stephanie March ... Trish
Paul Calderon ... Eduardo
Neal Huff ... Dave Epstein
Jayce Bartok ... Nurse Mike
Harper Dill Harper Dill ... Lucy
Tanya Wright ... Lisa
Marilyn Berry Marilyn Berry ... Charlene
Luna Catarevas Luna Catarevas ... Marina
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Jennifer Michaels


The story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, dealing with his troubled mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love. Written by ICM Press Release

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A funny thing happened on the way to rehab.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Tracy Morgan uses a cane in this film, although it was made several years before his debilitating accident. See more »


When he's with Chloe after the Revolutionary War re-enactment, the bandages are gone from Eli's right hand, and there is no indication of any injury whatsoever. He's wearing the bandages again, though, at the audition the next day. See more »


Sprinkles: You're a smart little fucka.
Eli: Yeah... I'm smart!
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Somewhat watchable for a straight to DVD movie
25 March 2013 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

This is one of those bonding comedies with characters that despise each other coming together. But the thing is the bonding is underdeveloped and just not engaging and the comedic moments are few but just isn't all that funny. In fact most of the comedic moments come from constant arguing and it gets old pretty darn quick. The plot is about a guy that is talented with the piano who is played by Jesse Eisenberg who career doesn't seem to be going up after "The Social Network". And in this his character is trying to get his mom to rehab but in order for her to be part of the program she has to have certain amount of drugs in her system and because she doesn't have insurance. So they decide to find a drug dealer to get drugs to get drugs in his mother's system. And the drug dealer is played by Tracy Morgan and they all get put in a situation to stick together in order for each of them to get what they want. Nothing about the story or the performances stands out in this flick. I never found myself laughing or engaged into the story. Most of the elements in this movie has been done before and better. It's watchable to a degree but isn't really worth the time.


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Predisposed See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,641, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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