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The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 14 September 2018 (USA)
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After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.


Nicole Holofcener


Nicole Holofcener, Ted Thompson (based on the novel by)





Credited cast:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Anders Harris
Connie Britton ... Barbara
Charlie Tahan ... Charlie
Thomas Mann ... Preston Harris
Edie Falco ... Helene Harris
Elizabeth Marvel ... Sophie
Bill Camp ... Donny O'Connell
Josh Pais ... Larry Eastwood
Michael Gaston ... Mitchell Ashford
Victor Williams ... Howard
Natalie Gold ... Dana
Sarah Wilson ... Young Woman
Victor Slezak ... Wes Thompson
Mary Catherine Garrison ... Sandy
Georgia Ximenes Lifsher ... Jennifer


Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, Anders Harris (Ben Mendelsohn) retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife (Edie Falco) in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. However, he's quickly faced with the startling reality of his choices; he spends his days looking for things to decorate his empty shelves, sleeping with strangers and feeling terribly lost. Missing his ex-wife and on the outs with his troubled 27-year-old son (Thomas Mann), Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen (Charlie Tahan), sending him down a path of reckless and regrettable behavior. His shameful actions cause him to question who he is as a father and, ultimately, who he is as a person.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA

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Likely Story See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018. See more »


During the party scene when Anders is talking about his early retirement, the glass he is holding switches from his right hand to his left hand in the reverse shot. See more »


Anders Hill: He's
Anders Hill: just kinda lost, you know... and angry and generally rude, immature, a little bit like the guy you see sitting across from you right now.
Barbara: Oh! Lucky me.
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Characters don't always have to be likable!!!
15 September 2018 | by proudpakistanii16See all my reviews

This is not a movie for everyone. The characters are flawed and that's what makes them real. We do certain things in life without any reason. And that's what happens in this movie and that's what people are criticising but it is also that thing that made me like this movie. Not all characters are free of fault and the ones who look like the victims are equally to be blamed for everything that happened in the movie. I haven't read the novel but the movie is making me want to pick it up. Anders(played by the brilliant Ben Mendelsohn) has taken an early retirement but decorating his house and sleeping with strangers is not bringing him the happiness he expected to find after cutting ties with his old life. Even if you can't relate to his story, you'll be able to relate to him. I know Netflix has been failing in the action and romantic movie genres but in my opinion, they're not doing so bad in drama movies.

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