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The Confirmation (2016)

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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.


Bob Nelson


Bob Nelson
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Walt
Maria Bello ... Bonnie
Jaeden Lieberher ... Anthony
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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Iposhesi See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Nye's poster is on the wall next to Einstein's in Anthony's bedroom. See more »


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 »


Walt: Was he a cop?
Otto: No, a thief.
Walt: But he's a good guy now?
Otto: Better than most.
Walt: Better than most thieves or better than most guys?
Otto: Thieves. But he's a good guy now.
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Performed by Big Dave McLean
Written by Dave McLean
Publisher: Black Hen Music
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Lack of Tension is Seductive
18 August 2016 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

The film makers chose not to feature the intense desperation of the Italian film The Bicycle Thief, used zero profanity, and a deadpan kid. Those may actually be reasons why some would dislike this film, but I found it all oddly seductive.

Like another reviewer mentioned, nobody was vicious or truly mean here. Almost everyone, despite their poverty, had soul. Imagine a world where even in a gray desperate setting, people restrain themselves from the savagery that such places evoke in the real world.

Some may ask why you need to cast a British guy in a film set in Washington and filmed in Canada. But I found Owen endearing and the dialogue he was given sublime. Someone decided that his face and demeanor fit the character, and I believe they did. Good call.

Most of the "stars" are not really stars, and I appreciated seeing them get some work. Robert Forster is perfect for these roles, and Maria Bello totally looked the part.

I don't know why they needed to make the boy be eight years old. The actor was way older than that. Clearly an eight year old would not be able to think or act as this one did. They should have made him 10, although the actor was 12. The unbelievable age thing was an awkward glitch for me.

I'm glad they didn't use a soundtrack. The silence helped illustrate the depressed nature of the town. I've been to a depressed town in Washington. It's real.

For whatever reasons, these film makers made the choice to present this story in a sort of Jim Jarmusch existentially absurd way. I liked that approach and did not judge it by other potential ways of doing it. I accepted it for what it was.

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