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Knucklehead (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | October 2016 (USA)
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A Brooklyn man tries to cure himself of his incurable developmental disorders.


Ben Bowman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Langston
Alfre Woodard ... Sheila
Amari Cheatom ... Julian
Carla Duren Carla Duren ... Cassie
Justin S. Myrick ... Arthur
Nikiya Mathis ... Teeny Miles
Lauren Hodges ... Molly
Manuel Herrera ... Javier
David Lavine ... Dr. Maddox
DeWanda Wise ... Charlotte
Jennifer Mudge ... Leslie
Maliq Johnson ... Iron Mike
Kenneth Maharaj ... Moustache Charlie
Joe Mele Joe Mele ... Vendor
Liris Crosse ... Woman on Cell


When his brother disappears, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is left without a protector in Brooklyn's housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard) Langston must take his future into his own hands. He sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. If Langston can become "mentally excellent", it will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend, who may herself be a creation of his wishful thinking. Landing in the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing, the search for his mysterious doctor and hero leads to some unwanted discoveries. Langston strives for independence from his prior life; from his mother, from his neighborhood and from his fractured mind - while all around him people are not who they seem. Written by Mike White

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Tragic, funny, and intense.
6 December 2016 | by leifpettersenSee all my reviews

A powerful effort from everyone involved. Bravo! So many layers, but ultimately a simple story of a man looking for inner peace and happiness by unraveling a quagmire of mental illness. His obstacles seem impenetrable as his mind weaves delusion, hallucinations and reality so seamlessly that the viewer barely knows what's real. The cast does an incredible job. It's clear that everyone involved was doing it for the love of the script, most importantly Gbenga Akinnagbe who rallied both the writer/director and Alfre Woodard to get the film made. The quick but timely moment of wit were heartening and keeps the audience from sliding into a state of despondence.

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October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Brooklyn Man See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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