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Spivak (2018)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 11 May 2018 (USA)
Struggling writer Wally Spivak is stuck in a rut - - until he meets an engaged couple and starts to see life in a whole new way.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bacall ... Wally Spivak
Maggie Lawson ... Jeanine Mulholland
Elden Henson ... Kevin Oberkfell
Mark Webber ... Jesse Mueller
Robert Kazinsky ... Chuck
Ahna O'Reilly ... Tammy Gordon
Michael Cera ... Robby LeBeau
Chloe Wepper ... Sasha Perez
Phil Burgers ... Mark Stein
Hadrian Belove Hadrian Belove ... Peter Beardsley
Catherine Toribio ... Katrina Malendez
Jenna Lyng Adams ... Woman at Elysian (as Jenna Lyng)
Tony DeSean ... Man at Elysian
Drew Moore Drew Moore ... Bouncer at Vegas Club
Adam Mendoza ... Valet at Cinque Terre


Struggling writer Wally Spivak is stuck in a rut - - until he meets an engaged couple and starts to see life in a whole new way.

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Wally Spivak is at his wit's end. A frustrated, unpublished author who's surrounded by a group of underachieving buddies and pretentious hipsters in the gentrifying Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Wally is stuck in a rut and can't get out. But when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an engaged couple from the west side, Wally starts to see things in an entirely different way - and his life takes a turn for the better...




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Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 9 No.2
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederick Chopin)
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Every writer's dream in a very real way
20 May 2018 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

Spivak is a tiny ugly man who is constantly humiliated by life. His only ambition, to be a writer, is thwarted by his biggest critic: himself, as he writes and rewrites the same novel, to the cruel delight of the mean people around him. Single on a Valentine's Day, he is suddenly approached by a gorgeous girl who asks him to spend the night with her. This changes his life, to his great chagrin and ultimately delight, transforming him from a hateful frustrated little man into a relaxed and positive success.

I liked the way it was played. I have to say most of the scenes were really painful, as the actors all did very well and you could understand the main character's confusion, fear, shame and pain. The moral of the story has to be that you're doing it to yourself, as a bunch of beautiful rich people attempt again and again to make his life better, while he just fears that he doesn't deserve it.

While Michael Bacall did great as the titular character, I would say that most of the movie was carried by Robert Kazinsky's Chuck, a guy so sickeningly positive that you can't but doubt his good honest intentions. It's a strange movie to see. If Spivak wasn't so monstrously unlovable, the movie would have been more credible and easier to swallow. As such, I can only perceive it as a writer's dream, free of all pretenses. Or maybe that's my inner frustrated little man, unable to accept the possible beauty of the world. You decide, as you watch the film. It provides more questions than answers, and that's the whole point.

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11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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