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An Actor Prepares (2018)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 31 August 2018 (USA)
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After suffering a heart attack, a world famous, hard-drinking actor is forced to drive cross country with his estranged son (who testified against him in his parents' divorce) on one last madcap adventure.


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Credited cast:
Jeremy Irons ... Atticus
Jack Huston ... Adam
Matthew Modine ... Charlie
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Clementine
Ben Schwartz ... Jimmy
Poorna Jagannathan ... Dr. Fisher
Mamie Gummer ... Annabelle
Will Patton ... Wisdom
Colby Minifie ... Danielle
Frankie Faison ... Deacon Frank Dodge
Catherine Dyer ... Dorothea
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Priest
Larry Pine ... Jack Dorner
Judd Lormand ... Newscaster
Cory Scott Allen ... Mark Keane


After suffering a heart attack, a world famous, hard-drinking actor is forced to drive cross country with his estranged son (who testified against him in his parents' divorce) on one last madcap adventure.

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Only Irons is having a good time here
18 June 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In the #MeToo era of Hollywood's misogyny. An Actor Prepares would count as a prime exhibit.

Jeremy Irons plays Atticus Smith a hard living and hard drinking Oscar winning actor who has a heart attack while receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Unable to fly he has to drive cross country to attend his daughter's wedding. He is accompanied reluctantly by his estranged son Adam, an uptight feminist lecturer and documentary maker who seems to have a few problems of his own.

Smith is preparing to play god for his next role. Despite his health scare he is not prepared to give up his boozy lecherous lifestyle as he hits the road. He also regards Adam as a snitch who told his mom that dad was cheating on her.

Irons is having a ball playing the philandering Smith and he is certainly waves his balls about in front of his son as the viewer gets to see plenty of his rear.

Unfortunately Irons is the only person having fun in this movie. It is an unfunny road comedy with tired cliched characters.

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