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On the Rocks (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 28 May 2016 (USA)
A tumultuous relationship reaches its tipping point




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chase Fein ... Dallas
Nichole Bagby Nichole Bagby ... Karen
Kate Freund ... Krystal
Audrey Whitby ... Kaitlynn
Curt Neill ... Dale
Aaron Kee ... Darryl
Anna Seregina Anna Seregina ... Anna
Nathan Graham Smith Nathan Graham Smith ... Ronnie
DeMorge Brown DeMorge Brown ... Leonard
Graham Clarke ... Dr. Roger Thatchell
Justine Gittings Justine Gittings ... Angry Customer
Nick Corirossi ... Patrick
Justine White ... Auto Shop Customer
Clay Tatum Clay Tatum ... Bud
Emily Green ... Lauren


On the Rocks, the debut feature by prolific Los Angeles filmmakers Alex Kavutskiy & Ariel Gardner, is the story of recovering alcoholic Dallas (Chase Fein) and his very-much-still-drinking wife Karen (Nichole Bagby), a young working class married couple in a tumultuous relationship. After his father dies, Dallas moves himself and Karen into his childhood home, ready to start the next chapter of their lives. Unfortunately, Dallas's attempts at stability and growth are constantly undercut by Karen's immaturity, her family's intrusion, and the demands of his work life. Every slight hiccup in their lives seems to suddenly escalate into an emergency. Seeking refuge from the insanity, Dallas finds himself pursuing the affections of a woman he meets at an AA meeting. On the Rocks is a frenetically-paced tightrope act of comedy and drama with tour-de-force performances from a goldmine of up-and-coming actors. Written by Jim Jam Abrahams

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Comedy | Drama


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The chandelier in living room is particularly low in the film. This is based on the filmmakers real house with the same chandelier inside it. When moving in they noticed it was particularly low, so when building the full scale set for the feature, they thought it would be a funny reference to lower the chandelier in the living room. See more »

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It's great!
6 February 2017 | by isakson-paulSee all my reviews

It's kind of like a movie by Robert Altman but, like, if he smoked crack cocaine. Like if Robert Altman — esteemed director and famous filmmaker — smoked cocaine in its "crack" form, which is highly addictive. That's how I, personally, would review this feature film.

That sounds bad, because Robert Altman doing crack sounds like a bad thing. As in, crack is bad for you (i.e. unhealthy) and probably isn't conducive to a collaborative project.

But it's like Altman on crack in that there's many characters and there's sometimes overlapping dialogue and it's a little frenetic. It's a good movie! I gave it 10 stars here.

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