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Hard Sell (2016)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 20 May 2016 (USA)
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A high school student struggling to help his suffering mom and their sick dog forms an unlikely friendship with a beautiful runaway.

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Sean Nalaboff

Writer:

Sean Nalaboff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katrina Bowden ... Bo
Skyler Gisondo ... Hardy Buchanan
Kristin Chenoweth ... Lorna Buchanan
Hannah Marks ... Lake
Kevin Kilner ... Eddie
Bailey Noble ... Katy
Cameron Jebo ... Smith
Ismaelpeter Casillas Nelson Ismaelpeter Casillas Nelson ... Tito (as Ismael Peter Casillas III)
Garrett Coffey ... Jason
Ryan McGinnis ... Eric
Spencer List ... Jamie
Catherine Blades Catherine Blades ... Chrissy
Steve Lipman ... Jared
Ben Rezendes ... Jon
Samantha Hahn ... Caroline
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A high school student struggling to help his suffering mom and their sick dog forms an unlikely friendship with a beautiful runaway.

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Comedy

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TV-14

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fechando Negócio See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA

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Yellow Cote Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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This is the first movie to feature Kristen Chenowith and Skylar Gisondo. They would later go on to appear in Class Rank (2017). See more »

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Hardy is in prep school so he is under 21. His Mother never leaves the house because of her illness. So, who is buying the bottles of alcohol for the Mother? See more »

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Discount Cigarettes and Gasoline
Written by Ted McCloskey
Performed by Ted McCloskey
Courtesy of Jingle Punks Music
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And that is what this movie was for me - a hard sell
4 August 2016 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

Director/writer: Sean Nalaboff doesn't quite pull it all together in this flick and it was a hard sell to me. I wanted to like this movie but I found the characterization to be more uneven than consistent. Plus the story is told as episodes in Hardy Buchanan's life - examples - there is Hardy with his emotionally unstable mother, these is Hardy with the beautiful runaway Bo, there is Hardy at the preppy school showing off Bo, there is Hardy dealing with the administration after his money making scheme is uncovered.

All these bits a pieces just do not come together as a flowing story. (At least that is how the movie comes across to me) Then his mother is put into a mental institution and we never really know what her problem is. Bo comes across as too together to be a runaway. And the outdoors party scene was confusing as Hardy seems an outcast at school but OK at a party.

I couldn't go with the intent of a boy having to become an adult at his young age. This story, as it is, doesn't develop the soul Sean Nalaboff is so trying to project.


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