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The Confirmation (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
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A divorced father and his eight-year-old son are about to spend a somewhat predictable weekend together, nevertheless, when a valuable toolbox gets stolen, the search for the thieves will soon turn into a true family bonding.

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Bob Nelson

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Bob Nelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Walt
Maria Bello ... Bonnie
Jaeden Martell ... Anthony (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Father Lyons
Glenn Beck ... Old Man in Church (as Glenn Curtis Beck)
Spencer Drever ... Allen
Tim Blake Nelson ... Vaughn
Patrick Gilmore ... Roger
John Stewart ... Bar Patron 1
Dean Wray ... Bar Patron 2
Tom Pickett ... Bartender Al
Robert Forster ... Otto
Luvia Petersen ... Bartender Nancy
Mel Tuck Mel Tuck ... Guy Bishop
Eliza Faria ... Linda
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Storyline

Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.

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Written and Directed by the Oscar Nominated Writer of ''Nebraska'', Bob Nelson.

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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Wochenende mit Dad See more »

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$8,382
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1.85 : 1
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Patton Oswalt improvised the German Pancakes story on the walk back to the car. He did a few takes of the scene, and invented a different story each time. See more »

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At 1:29 of the movie Walt is driving down a residential street on his way to retrieve his tools, you can see the truck going in the opposite direction swerve into Walt's lane to avoid the film crew in the street. The two-tone gray Toyota truck (at 1:29:20) has Washington State license plates. This movie was set in Washington State, but was filmed in the Metro Vancouver, Canada, area; more specifically, Walt is living at 20657 (at 0:12:55) Dolman Street (at 0:02:15) which is in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, in the Metro Vancouver area, so the probability is high that the truck was part of the film shoot. If an error were committed then it was that they didn't use a telephoto lens or Steadicam so the camera could have been out of the way. See more »

Quotes

Bonnie: Anthony, what are you doing down there?
Anthony: Just praying.
Bonnie: Well, pray properly. Have you thought about your sins?
Anthony: I think i thought about them enough.
Bonnie: Well, go get in the confessional, then. Be quick, 'cause we have to go. Skip some sins if you have to. He'll get the point.
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Coming-of-age: A boy's real world encounter.
4 September 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

For the first time direction, it is not a bad film. The 'Nebraska' writer did his best and I'm totally surprised how this little Canadian gem was not recognised extensively. In fact, it is one of the best films of the year among the PG13 ratings. A drama about a divorced freelance carpenter who babysits his son on a weekend, adventuring the city while preparing for his work on the Monday. When someone stole his tools, they both go after to look who took it and that takes the whole film to cover with some other small events on the side.

Truly a heartwarming drama. You can compare it to films like 'The Pursuit of Happiness', but it had its own way dealing with the story contents. This is not a comedy, but slightly it is fun, as well as inspiring. It narrates the world is full of good and bad, and how we react to them accordingly. Particularly the main character who was desperate to come out of the bad day and to have some quality time with his son. It actually stayed neutral on the topics like theism and atheism, which has some influence in the narration, but revolved carefully around the social and other issues. So that makes there are more things to care about than fighting for nonsenses. That was really a good thing to focus on, maybe that's why I loved it.

The opening and the end take place in the same location, but the difference was the 24 hours and its events. During that time, a boy who was struggling between what his mother believes and his doubts over those beliefs were somewhat influenced to clear his mind. I mean it was not intentional, the film to explain us through the boy, but they were described in the way of someone's daily life base, except it was not an ordinary day for him/them. It was a quite interesting take, and in the current world scenario, this is a wonderful theme for a film which also has high entertainment value.

"Well, I don't know what kind of trouble he can get in in a day."

I don't know the Christian commandment (or any religious's equivalent) that referred in it, especially the meaning of the title, but according to the writer, he wanted to tell what happens if a good behaving young boy breaks all the rule in just one day. Besides, a bit of his own life experience, as well as the outline was inspired by 'Bicycle Thieves'. I don't know how the religious people take it, but I enjoyed it, kind of it is an awareness theme about the reality of the human world. So my disappointment is not the film, but how it was received. Once again an English film from the other region was turned down by the Americans. I hope the rest of the world won't react same way.

It revolved between a father and son characters, so the side contributions were good, but does not require any praise. The Clive Owen, who I consider an ordinary actor was brilliant in this. He is not in any film franchise, especially the current trends superheroes and/or sci-fi, though happy to see him in such a beautiful one-off film. The boy was equally good, especially after the good show from 'St. Vincent', this is his another great character display. Looks like he's going to be a big name in the future.

You can't believe it is just a 2 million dollar film. Great production quality with good performances, a better outcome than usual film with the same production value. From my perspective, it is an underrated film and also an undernoticed film. A fine film for everyone, particularly for the family audience. These are reasons why children as well should watch it, like there are no sexual or drug related material in it. Though the real reason is there are some contents that might help them to understand about such as financially struggling and sober parents, the reality of the society and as a coming-of-age film, it always kept its priorities on the top while narrating the tale, especially from the children's viewpoint.

8/10


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