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Anything (2017)

R | | Drama, Romance | 11 May 2018 (USA)
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This is a story about the infinite possibility of love.

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Timothy McNeil

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Carroll Lynch ... Early Landry
Matt Bomer ... Freda Von Rhenburg
Maura Tierney ... Laurette Sachman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margot Bingham ... Brianna
Michael Boatman ... Charles
Tanner Buchanan ... Jack Sachman
Meghan Leone Cox ... Sonya
Brooke Culbertson ... Mary
Claudia Doumit ... April
Jason Greene ... Evelyn
Melora Hardin ... Rita
Micah Hauptman ... David
Bradley Wayne James Bradley Wayne James ... Larry
Blake Scott Lewis ... Josh (as Blake Lewis)
Peter Gray Lewis ... Man in Hotel
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When Early Landry loses his wife in a small town in Mississippi, his sister makes the decision for him to move with her to Los Angeles, where Early moves into an apartment building filled with a group of interesting Hollywood people, nothing he has ever been used to, but perhaps he fits in well.

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual references and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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$19,037, 7 June 2018
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Matt Bomer was considered for the role after director Timothy McNeil had seen his performance in HBO's "The Normal Heart." See more »

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a simple man is not so simple
10 May 2018 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If you've always wanted to see a movie about "Andy Griffith's sad brother", this is the one for you. That's actually the description one of the characters has for Early, the depressed widower we come to know. Houston-born writer/director Timothy McNeil's first feature film is adapted from his own stage production. It's surprisingly intimate and emotional while avoiding many of the clichés we might be braced for, given the subject matter.

John Carroll Lynch (FARGO, ZODIAC) plays Early as a soft-spoken, mild-mannered gentleman from Mississippi. In the immediate aftermath of the tragic death of his wife, Early is dazed. He is sleep-walking through life right up to the point of an attempted suicide. Faced with the choice of a psychiatric hospital or moving cross country to live with family, Early obviously chooses the Brentwood home of his studio executive sister Laurette (Maura Tierney). Sister Laurette means well, but her controlling persona and determination to "fix" things, leads Early to find his own place. He picks a sketchy apartment complex with 'eclectic' neighbors, one of which is Freda (Matt Bomer), a transgender sex worker. Though they appear to be from different planets, she is drawn to his inherent kindness and strength of character, while he is drawn to her vitality and courage. A bond develops.

It's fascinating to watch the friendship grow, and despite another neighbor, Brianna, (Margot Bingham) calling him "cracker" and do-gooder, it's clear there is mutual respect amongst the complex residents. When Early invites his family to a dinner party with Freda, awkward and cruel are merely the first adjectives that come to mind. It doesn't go well, and harsh judgements abound.

Early is a simple man, but Mr. Lynch's performance ensures he is never a simple character. Mr. Bomer is terrific as Freda, though some will surely protest that a transgender actor was not cast. Plenty of sharp humor accompanies the deep drama, and we are reminded that love is really about the acceptance of others, and finding meaning and connection in life. It's a small scale film that draws us into the characters, and we find ourselves grasping at hope for each of them.


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