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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
Harris Yulin ... Bob Fisher
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Shelly
Bryan Greenberg ... Nathan 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
Michael Maren ... Auto service manager
David Schifter ... Law Firm Attorney
Barbara Weetman ... Bartender
Michael Cunningham ... Himself
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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

25 February 2015 (Sweden) See more »

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Sexy Therapy See more »

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Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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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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Touching without saccharine
2 August 2014 | by mklein-4See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The actors are excellent and inhabited their characters plausibly. Harris Yulin, the father, is pitch perfect. Linda Lavin, the mother, is good but not great. My highest praise though, is for Michael Maren for writing a good story with genuine characters and pitch perfect dialogue, no tricks, and for directing in a smooth, well paced and confident style. The turning points are organic and not contrived; if we see them coming it's because we have thoroughly bought into the story and empathize with the characters, and the story goes where we would take it. It's not easy to make such a touching film without being saccharine -- Maren succeeds with grace. This is a really good film.


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