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Inconceivable (2017)

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A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.

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Jonathan Baker

Writer:

Chloe King
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Gershon ... Angela
Nicky Whelan ... Katie
Nicolas Cage ... Brian
Sienna Soho Baker Sienna Soho Baker ... Maddie
Harlow Bottarini Harlow Bottarini ... Cora
Natalie Eva Marie ... Linda
Faye Dunaway ... Donna
Jonathan Baker ... Barry
James Van Patten ... Dr. Weisman
Ele Bardha ... Jake
Hunter Bodine ... Dr. Holland
Leah Huebner ... Mother
Corrie Danieley ... Monica Wheeler
Burgess Byrd Burgess Byrd ... Nurse
Tess Talbot Tess Talbot ... Mrs. Reynolds
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A mysterious young woman, Katie (Nicky Whelan), and her daughter move to a new town to escape her past and quickly befriends Angela Morgan (Gina Gershon), a mother of one who longs for a bigger family. As their lives become intricately entwined, Angela and her husband, Brian, (Nicolas Cage), invite Katie to live in their guest-house to serve as their nanny. Over time, the blossoming friendship between the two women spirals into a dangerous obsession as Katie becomes overly attached to the Morgans' daughter. Enduring lies and manipulations, Angela and Brian realize that sweet Katie is actually trying to destroy their family from within.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unthinkable See more »

Filming Locations:

Indian Hill, Ohio, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Lindsay Lohan announced the film at Sundance Film Festival. She said she would both produce and star in it, and that it was set to start shooting in March. See more »

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At about 12 minutes, when she's taking pics, she's got her fingers over the lenses. See more »

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Katie: God, what have I done?
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Mandy and The Predator (2018) See more »

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What's Inconceivable, is how the Director ruined this film.
30 June 2017 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

I'm not sure who decided to have Jonathan Baker direct this film, but it was a huge mistake. Considering he was also the producer, he should have just left it at that - and the small role he also had as a member of the cast (Barry). Was it too much responsibility for one novice filmmaker to undertake? Certainly. Was it a mistake to have him in this type of film as his directorial debut? Absolutely.

The pace of this film was *very* slow. Had I played this at 1.5x faster speed, it may have been more enjoyable. His selection of the score was terrible, if not clearly absent in parts that it should have been present.

The story itself, although done before, did hold my attention and I found it interesting, primarily from the only actor that was the most convincing, Nicky Whelan as Katie. Clearly she is the one that held this movie together.

Now of course, Faye Dunaway's small role was performed on point, but that comes expected with an actor of her caliber.

What was disappointing however was the rest of the cast, particularly Gina Gershon as Angela, and Nicolas Cage as Brian.

I'm a fan of Gina, but I felt she struggled with her role in this one, just as Nicolas did, of which I am also a long time fan of his. I have to admit, this is the first film I actually wished Mr. Cage over- acted his performance as he is well know to do so in his previous films.

What's more shocking is how these two seasoned A-list actors accepted these roles. I would assume after reading the script, it sounded much better than it was directed, so thus their lack of excitement and convincement in their roles I blame fully on the director.

Had this film been directed by someone else, I feel it would have been a huge success and much more enjoyable.

At the end of the day, Jonathan Baker can add an undeserved notch to his directors chair, Nicky Whelan can add a well acted and deserved positive entry to her acting resume, and Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon should hide this notch from their actors chairs.

A generous 7/10 for an interesting script, held together primarily by Nicky Whelan. It's a shame this film ended up as a lost opportunity to be much greater. For that matter, it's inconceivable.


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