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Rainbow Time (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 November 2016 (USA)
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A developmentally delayed 40 year old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd's new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past ... See full summary »


Linas Phillips


Linas Phillips





Cast overview, first billed only:
Linas Phillips ... Shonzi
Melanie Lynskey ... Lindsay
Timm Sharp ... Todd
Davie-Blue ... Gretchen
Wil Gelin Wil Gelin ... Cat Caller #1
Oscar Camacho ... Cat Caller #2
Jesse Villacis Jesse Villacis ... Cat Caller #3
Tobin Bell ... Peter
Artemis Pebdani ... Justine
Chaz The Dog Chaz The Dog ... Pizza
Lolita The Dog Lolita The Dog ... Pizza
Lauren Weedman ... Nina
Reagan Yates ... Lilly
Austin Fryberger ... Jake
Ian Michaels ... Attorney
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A developmentally delayed 40 year old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd's new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart.

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Did You Know?


Writer/director/star Linas Phillips also appeared in Eastbound & Down: Chapter 24 (2013) of Linas Phillips three years before the release of Rainbow Time (2016) in which he plays a character named Shawnsee, remarkably close to Shonzi. See more »


When Lindsay greets Justine and Pizza (the wheelchair-bound Corgi) outside of the apartment, Pizza is referred to by Justine with female pronouns. In the closing scene where Shonzi meets Justine and Pizza on the street, Pizza is referred to by Justine with male pronouns. Presumably, this error occurred because two dog actors were used for the role of pizza (Chaz The Corgi and Lolita The Corgi). See more »


Shonzi: I'm a disappointment to you.
Peter: What? You're not a disappointment. You can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but you're not a disappointment. You are a good son. You took care of mom. You're taking care of me. You're my man.
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Sex Kinda Smells
Written by Sara Beck (as Pink Nasty)
Performed by Sara Beck (as Pink Nasty)
By arrangement with Pink Nasty and Black Nasty
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20 April 2017 | by jacobmackenzieSee all my reviews

This film manages to explore some difficult issues without being depressing or condescending.

The main character, Shonzi is developmentally delayed and he uses the sympathy this often evokes in others, as a weapon to manipulate them.

This is a challenging film to make fun, enjoyable and positive but Linas Phillips, the director and writer (who plays Shonzi), succeeds in doing so.

The film provides good insight into the challenges faced by Shonzi and those around him, but it avoids being tub thumping and over-emotional. The characters and the audience are treated as adults; sexuality and disability are explored with confidence and realism.

I tend to see films that explore "issues", as educational rather than entertaining. But this is different. It is entertaining but I also felt I had effortlessly learned something new by the end of the film.

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