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Youth in Oregon (2016)

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A man is tasked with driving his embittered 80-year-old father-in-law cross country to be legally euthanized in Oregon, while along the way helping him rediscover a reason for living.

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Joel David Moore

Writer:

Andrew Eisen
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Frank Langella ... Raymond
Billy Crudup ... Brian
Christina Applegate ... Kate
Mary Kay Place ... Estelle
Josh Lucas ... Danny
Nicola Peltz ... Annie
Alex Shaffer ... Nick
Maryann Plunkett ... Maryanne
Robert Hogan ... Peter
Keenan Jolliff ... Colt
James Murtaugh ... Dr. Feldstein
Michael Godere ... Tom
Geoffrey Owens ... Dr. Roma
Aaron Yoo ... Motel Clerk
Ann Harada ... Compassionate Aide
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A man is tasked with driving his embittered 80-year-old father-in-law cross country to be legally euthanized in Oregon, while along the way helping him rediscover a reason for living.

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there's no going back

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Comedy | Drama

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drumul spre Oregon See more »

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Sundial Pictures,Campfire See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The Oregon Death with Dignity act only allows residents of the state to be eligible for physician assisted suicide. See more »

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And the Band Played On
Performed by The Hi-Seas
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stop yelling and just talk
2 February 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This is one of those tough little indie movies that would fit right in at most film festivals. Directed by Joel David Moore and written by Andrew Eisen, the film has a few exceptional scenes, yet once it's over, it's pretty easy to just leave it behind. That shouldn't happen with a story dealing with a theme of death with dignity. Shouldn't there be a desire to talk about the issue, or at least spend some time in thought?

Perhaps the reason this one isn't the gut-punch we expect is that while the central reason for the story is 80 year old Ray's (Frank Langella) desire to end life on his terms, the vast majority of screen time is devoted to the exceptionally dysfunctional family that surrounds him. It's not an "issue" movie, and dysfunctional family movies are about as common as superhero movies these days … we've become a bit numb.

Ray and his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) are living with their daughter Kate (Christina Applegate), her husband Brian (Billy Crudup) and Kate and Brian's teenage daughter Annie (Nicola Peltz). It's a crowded house where emotions run high, voices are usually amped to 11, and Kate and Brian's marriage is stressed to the limit with responsibilities.

Bad news at the doctor's office leads Ray to the crucial decision on his future. He announces this while giving the most uncomfortable birthday speech ever at dinner that evening … "I want to die." It's a terrific scene and each person's reaction is priceless – to the point where we almost wish it were in slow motion so as not to miss anything.

Typically poor teenage judgment by daughter Annie means mother Kate stays at home for discipline, while Brian reluctantly agrees to drive Ray cross country to Oregon to find out if he qualifies under the mercy killing law. Estelle and her always present booze come along for the ride, but it's mostly the strained relationship between Ray and Brian that generate the fireworks. Along the way, they add Ray's estranged gay son Danny (Josh Lucas), as well as Brian's angry college age son Nick (Alex Shaffer). Once they reach Oregon, another wonderful scene/sequence occurs as Ray meets up with a longtime friend who has made the same decision. It's a well handled and well acted portion of the story.

Ray's decision to hide his medical diagnosis from the family is the source of the most recent conflict, but there's a history in this family. Isn't that always the case? A lack of communication often causes even more issues than too much honesty. The abundance of dysfunction can't be offset by some peaceful bird-watching, and all of the frustration and anger prevents the necessary conversations on the more interesting topic … a reason to live vs. a desire to die. A slight re-focus would have taken more advantage of the terrific performance of Langella, and added some fun to the post movie discussion.


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