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The Parts You Lose (2019)

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A young boy in a small North Dakota town befriends a potentially dangerous fugitive.


Darren Lemke





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Paul ... Man
Scoot McNairy ... Ronnie
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Gail
Danny Murphy ... Wesley
David Lawrence Brown ... Mr. Chambers
Charlee Park ... Amber
Jane Wu ... Reporter
Meghan Perreault Meghan Perreault ... Teacher #1
Sarah Rabu Sarah Rabu ... Teacher #2
Coleman Dyck Coleman Dyck ... Eddie the Snot
Stephen McIntyre Stephen McIntyre ... Trucker
Kristen Harris ... Red Haired Woman
Darcy Fehr ... Mitch
Logan Creran ... Mitch's Son
Steven Ratzlaff ... Bar Owner


Wesley is a young deaf boy who is constantly bullied at school. On a cold day, Wesley finds an unconscious, bleeding man and brings him into an abandoned barn close to his home. They develop a friendly relationship as the man teaches him to stand up against bullies. However, after police forces increase in the town, Wesley discovers he may not be able to protect his new friend.

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Christopher Cantwell read the script for the film while riding the subway and literally missed his stop because he was so engrossed in the story. See more »


[first lines]
Middle Schooler: Look! Here Comes The Retard Rocket!
[starts pelting snowballs at the deaf bus Wesley's on]
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Sometime You Win, Sometimes You Lose?
14 January 2020 | by WalkdenEntertainmentSee all my reviews

A young boy named Wesley (Danny Murphy) is hearing impaired. Wesley is able to communicate with others by reading lips or through the use of sign language. He doesn't speak and generally keeps to himself. Wesley attends a local school and on a daily basis puts up with bullying from fellows students. One day while Wesley is walking home from school he discovers a man (Aaron Paul) in the snow. The mysterious man is suffering from a gun shot wound and Wesley realises the stranger is in fact wanted by the police for a bank robbery which had occurred in Wesley's town. Wesley decides to give the man shelter and food until he is able to recover. As you would expect, over time the two develop a unique bond and friendship.

Unfortunately this type of tale isn't something new in the world of cinema. One minor element that sets this film apart is that Wesley as a leading character doesn't speak, therefore the film will require the surrounding cast to carry the film when it comes to dialogue. Secondly our wanted man is played by Aaron Paul who is best known for his role in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad".

As a plot, it is generally a predictable one from start to finish. While I felt the plot was predictable, there were elements to the plot I wished the film would have actually expanded on further to make the story more interesting, but sadly these details are skipped over and the film stays on a very basic and safe path.

Aaron Paul's performance is generally positive but unfortunately I feel sorry for the actor as he will always be Jessie Pinkman in my eyes. Many moments from are very similar to his previous work, especially when he's being threatening to others. The bond that the two share at times is positive and for me was possibly the main highlight of the entire film. The performance by Danny Murphy as Wesley was outstanding from a child performer.

The duration of this film is short but it also feels slow and dragged out. There are no real action scenes nor any suspense throughout the film. This is simply a drama film.

Other well known actors also appear in this film as Wesley's parents (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Scoot McNairy) but ultimately they play weak characters who never really get a proper outcome in the film. Both of these actors are better than the roles they play here (particularly Mary Elizabeth Winstead- you're better than this).

The film's tone and style is gritty and dark which is very suitable considering the film's themes. Visuals of the snow and the town itself (North Dakota) were always convincing and positive.

Overall, this is a film which unfortunately didn't feel new to me and its storyline was rather predictable from start to finish. Witnessing what feels like a repeated performance from actor Aaron Paul was dissatisfying even though the relationship that develops between him and the young young boy was positive. Solid cast line up, but sadly it's all missed opportunity.

3.7/10 Walkden Entertainment

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Release Date:

3 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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2.35 : 1
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