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The Big Ask (2013)

Teddy Bears (original title)
TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 20 May 2014 (USA)
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Three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him - except for the one thing he wants.

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Thomas Beatty
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gillian Jacobs ... Emily
Zachary Knighton ... Dave
David Krumholtz ... Andrew
Melanie Lynskey ... Hannah
Ahna O'Reilly ... Zoe
Jason Ritter ... Owen
Ned Beatty ... Old Man Carl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dale Dickey ... Lori
Hutchi Hancock ... Lucy
Tara Karsian ... Ms. CP
Lizzie Prestel ... Marty
French Stewart ... Rich
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Three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him - except for the one thing he wants.

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Six friends. Seven days. One super inappropriate question.

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Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Ned Beatty is Thomas Beatty's father. See more »

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Darkness Hides
Written by Aaron Kyle
Performed by Geronimo Getty
Courtesy of Aaron Kyle
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Unique and touching
24 May 2014 | by audreyxboothSee all my reviews

Despite the outrageous premise, this film offers a nuanced portrait of grief that is disarmingly realistic. Anyone who has suffered a major loss, or struggled with depression, knows that profound grief often begets profoundly twisted thoughts. For anyone who has had the lonely and terrifying experience of watching their relationships unwind as they struggle to cope with these emotions and return to normalcy, this film will strike a chord.

That being said, this film is not as depressing as you might expect. It isn't often that a film explores such dark aspects of humanity without being a major downer, but this one really pulls it off. Because the movie is about grief and its effect on relationships, the characters' friendships are front and center. These friendships are genuine, layered, and heart-warming. One of the things I liked best about these friendships is that there is a noticeable--but not cliché or shallow--difference between the men's friendships and the women's friendships. It isn't often that a film so aptly dances back and forth between male friendships and female friendships without relying on silly or offensive stereotypes. But here is a writer who gets it.

Loved this movie!!!


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