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A Short History of Decay (2014)

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A comedy from an original script by Michael Maren, about a failed Brooklyn writer, Nathan Fisher, played by Bryan Greenberg, who visits his ailing parents in Florida. His mother (Lavin) has... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Erika Bryce
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Shelly
Bryan Greenberg ... Nathan Fisher
Harris Yulin ... Bob Fisher
Linda Lavin ... Sandy Fisher
Nicholas Pryor ... The Man in White
Rebecca Dayan ... Alex
Benjamin King ... Jack Fisher
Anthony Reynolds ... Dr. Black
Nick Flynn Nick Flynn ... Himself
Myke Holmes ... Ken
Barbara Weetman ... Bartender
Michael Cunningham ... Himself
Michael Maren ... Auto service manager
Carla Mahaffee ... Erika's Friend (as Carla Mahaffee Stanley)
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A comedy from an original script by Michael Maren, about a failed Brooklyn writer, Nathan Fisher, played by Bryan Greenberg, who visits his ailing parents in Florida. His mother (Lavin) has Alzheimer's and his father (Yulin) has recently had a stroke. Written by Anonymous

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It doesn't get better than this.

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Rated R for language including sexual references

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2015 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexy Therapy See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Big Fan Films,Short History See more »
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2.35 : 1
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When Linda Lavin received the script for A Short History of Decay, she thought the writer/director Michael Maren's name sounded familiar. It turned out that Linda's father and Michael's grandfather were best friends and fishing buddies in New England. See more »

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An iconic look at an ordinary family - reminiscent of "The Squid and The Whale"
9 May 2014 | by mmorris348See all my reviews

"A Short History of Decay" is a funny, heartbreaking glimpse into our aging, our loves and our losses. There are so many touching moments that have stayed with me - the two grown brothers, sharing their childhood room, who have a fistfight and their mother tells them to settle down, the parents having a party with the mother's manicurist, the painting that Nathan hangs in his parents apartment. At the same time I found myself drawn to the painful portrait of the judgmental father whose sons continue to disappoint him. Beautiful and funny performances by Linda Lavin and Harris Yulin, and a wonderfully drawn sympathetic son, Bryan Greenberg. I think this film will be seen the way "The Squid and The Whale" has been seen – as an iconic look at an ordinary family.


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