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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.

Writers:

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

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A funny thing happened on the way to rehab.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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: You're fucking up my day!
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I simply enjoyed watching it!
19 July 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Well, there are so many movies out there you can so easily do without. That however doesn't mean that some of them are still being some good and fun ones to watch, of which this movie is a perfect example!

Most people will probably never see this movie, also mostly because this movie is being a low-key and independent production. But really, that doesn't mean that this movie isn't worth checking out. It's nothing to run out for but I see this as a perfect movie to watch on a rainy afternoon or as a way to kill some time with. It's well made, occasionally funny but above all things it's being a very light movie to watch, making this movie easy to digest and simply pleasant to watch, despite of some of its main dramatic themes.

That's probably the reason why I enjoyed watching this movie; it never gets an heavy or too serious one. It manages to find a pleasant balance between its drama and comedy elements, by mostly inserting comedic ingredients and oddball characters.

The setup of the movie is very simple, when things slowly are spiraling down for a young piano student, played by Jesse Eisenberg. He gets in more and more trouble with his family when simply trying to take his mother to a rehab clinic. It's fun to watch the situations he gets in, as he meets more and more people along his way.

It's really a movie that is mostly being carried by its characters and the actors who are portraying them. It might seem like an odd choice for Oscar nominated and winning actors such as Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo to be in this little film but I can definitely see why they wanted to be in it. It's simply being a true actor's movie, in which they are truly able to shine, without having the pressure of a big budget and high expectations and Hollywood producers constantly breathing down their necks.

I'm only taking off a point on its rating because of its sudden ending. Things didn't really felt wrapped up, at least not to me it didn't. The ending pretty much came out of the blue and I wish they did something more with it.

Not a must-see in any way but it's simply a movie to have some good time with!

6/10

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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

Gross USA:

$2,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,432
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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