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The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 October 2017 (USA)
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Based on short stories from Robert Boswell's collection, seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition.

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Roxanne Beck, Robert Boswell (novel) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rico Rodriguez ... Charlie Foster
Matthew Modine ... Theodore Foster
James Franco ... Conrad
Abigail Spencer ... Abigail
Kate Mara ... Lisa
Amber Tamblyn ... Amanda
Kristen Wiig ... Monica
Tony Cox ... Mr. Chubb
Jimmy Kimmel ... Mr. Chipmunk
Jim Parrack ... Paul
Natalie Portman ... Laura
Keir Gilchrist ... Michael
Thomas Mann ... Lee
Bo Mitchell ... Greg
Jacob Loeb ... Keen
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Based on short stories from Robert Boswell's collection, seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition.

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Comedy | Drama

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English

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27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Heyday See more »

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Elysium Bandini Studios See more »
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James Franco, Kate Mara, and Amber Tamblyn also acted together in 127 Hours See more »

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Features A Walk in Winter (2015) See more »

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Different but entertaining in its own way.
20 December 2017 | by charlesj-19419See all my reviews

I really admire this film. Well put together. It really worked for me. The interludes are fascinating. I was admittedly mildly distracted by the big names in the cast, but the quality of the acting made a huge difference - done by lesser actors it could've been rubbish. I've seen their contributions referred to as cameos, but to put it that way is to deliberately ignore the short-story structure of the film. The characters are enjoyable. Very individual and very real. The first story was perhaps the least tangible, which made it difficult for me to get past, and in that instance, I felt I needed more, but the others worked really nicely. Although the film works as a cumulative piece, especially if you can pause and have a bit of a think, for reach and accessibility I'd like to see it broken up into the seven parts and put on YouTube. I doubt whether anybody involved had realistic notions of garnering a high score on a review site or making a financial killing, but it is so good that someone is bringing what literature can do, to film. It is a film that makes me want to read the book, some other works by Robert Boswell, or watch some of James Franco's other recent attempts at literary conversion.


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