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Six months after that awkward introductory dinner with the tough and workaholic father of his girlfriend Ginnie, Martin, a talented but broke banjo musician, finds Mr Gallo knocking on his door looking for his daughter. Still heartbroken after breaking up with Ginnie, single and clueless, Martin will have no other choice but to hit the road and form an improbable search party with his ex-father-in-law, in an all-night adventure all over west Hollywood. Eventually, by the end of the night, the team will learn how to leave the past behind, move on, and most importantly, open their eyes and live. Nevertheless, where could Ginnie be?Written by
When Mr. Gallo (J.K. Simmons) and Martin (Emile Hirsch) are out to dinner, looking for Ginnie, Mr. Gallo tells a story involving the disappearance of his friend's daughter. He says "Luckily, I know a thing or two about a thing or two". This is a nod to his current Farmers ad campaign. J.K. Simmons stars in the current Farmers Insurance TV commercials, where his punch line is "We know a thing or because we've seen a thing or two". See more »
At the end Hirsch is playing the banjo on stage but is fingering notes and chords outside of the capo which is further down the neck of his banjo. See more »
Shit! Because it's... it's frustrating, 'cause you don't trust me like I trust you! Because all you wanna do is sit around watching "Game of Thrones" and fantasize about Jaime Lannister! You do! You want to bang the shit out of Jaime Lannister! That's fine! I don't get mad at you, because I get it! Even with one hand, he's beautiful!
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It's harmless, but funny enough to keep, at least myself, entertained.
A small, little indie comedy about a father who has to team up with his daughter's ex-boyfriend in order to find out where she is after it appears to be missing. J.K. Simmons plays the smart ass, witty father; Emile Hirsch takes the role of the "down on his luck", well intentioned but simple ex-boyfriend. Both of which are phenomenal actors and they do fine work here, but I feel as though their talents were almost wasted in this movie. Do not get me wrong however, I thought that this was a decent movie and I do recommend it as a light movie that you could pop on in the afternoon or early evening if you wanted to kill some time. However, I felt as though these two actors should be given much more challenging material than something like this which doesn't supply much depth in terms of character. Putting that aside though, I thought they did a good job and probably kept me from declaring this movie as something forgettable.
The film has some laughs and does capture the awkward moments of their circumstance very well without falling into "Meet the Parents" styled humor territory. It does have a secondary character, played by Taran Killam, that after a while I found to be slightly grating but I never found it to ever completely break the movie. The two leads run into some quirky characters and cumbersome scenarios that kept me entertained. I should clarify though that this movie isn't quite like most shenanigans movies where the characters go through their personal arches over the course of a single night a la "Adventures in Babysitting", "License to Drive", "Hollywood Knights", or "Stretch". This plays the shenanigans a tad bit more low-key and realistic rather than completely over-the-top or all that wacky. It still does show the leads run into a pickle or two and have a few colorful characters along the way; and they do have their own character arches that they go through which are done well enough here.
All around, I thought that this was a passably entertaining movie with a good moral or two. Has a good amount of chuckles. Good actors that may have actually elevated the film to be as decent as it is. It's well made, the narrative is relatively predictable but I like that it never makes anyone the villain when it so easily could have in some cases. So if you feel like watching a quirky, innocent comedy that will entertain you for an hour and a half then I think this will do.
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