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What Children Do (2017)

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A comedy about two estranged sisters brought back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother.


Dean Peterson


Dean Peterson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Rodenburg ... Amy
Grace Rex ... Shannon
Josh Ruben ... Pat
Alex Rennie Alex Rennie ... Ted
John Early ... Pastor Wes
Mary Looram ... Nana
Jessica Frey ... The Doctor
Nancy Sun ... The Nurse
Dan Grgas Dan Grgas ... The Taxi Driver
Janna Emig Janna Emig ... Rachel
Alex Watt Alex Watt ... Kevin
James Benson James Benson ... Brian
Joanna Janetakis ... Emily
Kate Hoffman ... Kate
Ariel Kavoussi ... Terry


A comedy about two estranged sisters brought back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother.

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Comedy | Drama | Family



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Release Date:

23 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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22 August 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

I picked up this DVD at my local library, but unfortunately this dramedy came across to me as quite awkward. With their grandmother in a coma in an upstairs bedroom being attended to by home health professionals, two sisters will reunite after several years, in a rural upstate New York town.

They're polar opposites in personality, with Amy ( Nicole Rodenburg) being an aspiring actress flying in from Los Angeles. She's highly impulsive and manipulative, while the other sister Shannon (Grace Rex), who's been living in the home and helping to take care of her grandmother, being a librarian and quite introverted and responsible.

They'll be quite a lot of friction in their interactions, while various other quirky local characters will appear during the movie. For me, the humor here just never really worked, yielding only an occasional chuckle. I would not be surprised if at least some of the film was improvised by the actors. So the question will be whether the sisters time together will allow some bonding and impart the meaning of family in their lives.

Overall, I'm sorry to say this movie never seemed to gel into an engaging presentation. Look for explicit language and some suggestive scenes throughout.

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