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James White (2015)

R | | Drama | 13 November 2015 (USA)
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James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James White
... Gail White
... Nick (as Scott Mescudi)
... Jayne
... Barry White
... Elliot
... Ben
Laura Johnston ... Genie
... Irene (Spanish Girl)
... Dr. Lobo
Linda Powell ... Nurse
Jessica Wong ... Jesse
... Karen
... EMT #1
Bradley Fleischer ... EMT #2


James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Written by Film Arcade

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, some sexuality/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Džejms Vajt  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,007, 15 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,464, 13 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,368, 20 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Director Josh Mond is a fan of Kid Cudi's music. He composed the original score and was cast without an audition. See more »


James White: I am not going to drink. And I am not going to smoke. I'm going to write and I'm going to meditate and I'm going to eat healthy and I'm going to swim and I'm going to work out and I'm going to write about all those feelings that are welled up inside me and when I get back I will get a place and a job but I need to go away. And when I come back I will be ready for life.
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I can't say it was enjoyable, but I appreciated it and is definitely worth watching.
14 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Watched this gem of an indie film the other night. From the plot summary and reading other critic reviews I kind of knew what I was in for. It was going to be a heart wrenching, realistic portrayal of one young man's downward spiral in experiencing death and dying of his closest loved ones.

James White is a mid twenty something New Yorker with a taste for booze, drugs, and women. In the the wake of his absent father's death, James is distraught and self medicating to deal with his feelings of pain and anger. With no one really talk to, he is alone in figuring out how to navigate some very difficult life situations. As a 30 year old single male, I could really relate to James White.

The core of this movie was between James White and his mother dying of cancer. The performances from the film's two leads are amazing and some scenes are just a punch in the gut. All James's mother wants is for his son to grow up and know he will be able take care of himself. Like many young adults, growing up and finding yourself is not always that easy. James White shows you how difficult it can be...I enjoyed the ending, but a lot of watchers will not.

Without giving away anymore of this well written, directed and acted film, I will just say go watch it! If you are a fan of indie dramas then you will thoroughly appreciate this one.

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