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Why Stop Now? (2012)

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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.

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Phil Dorling (written for the screen by), Ron Nyswaner (written for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

A funny thing happened on the way to rehab.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,641, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,641, 19 August 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eli: Jesus Christ, I am so fucking sick of this shit!
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An entertaining but not really a laugh out loud type comedy that I would say is nothing special but worth checking out. I say B
3 December 2012 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"You're telling me to go out and get high so that I can get into rehab?" Eli (Eisenberg) has his life worked out. He has an audition to get into an elite music school, he wants his mother (Leo) to get into rehab so she can take care of his sister without him worrying. Once she is out and sober he can leave and not worry. They only problem is that his mom's test came back clean, so they need to get her high in order for her to get into rehab...sounds easy. First off this movie is not bad and it is a comedy, but not really a laugh out loud comedy. The idea itself is pretty funny and the writing is pretty clever. Jesse Eisenberg is turning into an actor who plays the same character over and over, but he is good at playing this type of kid. The movie overall is nothing special but it is entertaining and if you are looking for a mindless movie to put in and enjoy then this is a decent choice. Overall, nothing special but still a pretty good comedy that is entertaining. I give it a B.


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