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Driveways (2019)

| Drama | 7 May 2020 (USA)
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A lonesome boy accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt's house, and ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door.

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Lucas Jaye ... Cody
Hong Chau ... Kathy
Brian Dennehy ... Del
Laurent Rejto ... Cashier
Stan Carp ... Lester
Jerry Adler ... Rodger
Bill Buell ... Tom
Jennifer Delora Jennifer Delora ... Cheryl
Joe Felece Joe Felece ... Bingo Caller
Sophia DiStefano ... Anna
Jeter Rivera ... Miguel
Jack Caleb Jack Caleb ... Brandon
James DiGiacomo ... Reese
Christine Ebersole ... Linda
Robyn Payne ... Charlene
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Eight-year-old Cody is spending the summer in an unfamiliar setting with his mom Kathy. Though he can't relate to the neighbourhood kids, things take an unexpected turn when he develops an unusual friendship with grouchy old Del from next door. Written by yusufpiskin

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A sweet film about the friendship between a boy and a man. Dennehy has rarely been better.
24 May 2020 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Drive a little slower. Take your time. Take a good look at stuff." Del (Brian Dennehy)

Driveways is an internet film taking its time letting us know that friendship and love have no racial or age boundaries. We've seen this motif before: 8-year-old Cody befriends laconic octogenarian neighbor Del (it's not too much Gran Torino or UP) with the least sentimentality among the three and the least dialogue.

Yet, the love that envelops them, even with Cody's single Asian-American mom, Kathy (Hong Chau), who is not a stirring mother, is so unprepossessing that like Cody at his 9th birthday, life has happened in small increments, almost imperceptibly. The life including bullying kids and cleaning up a recently-deceased Aunt's mess of a home takes on a romantic sheen as the duo experience kindly neighbors and a comfortably-cleaned home.

In a small way it's like Seinfeld without the laughs-it's about nothing or rather the little things of life that begin to make up a happy life. Firecrackers in the backyard by the bully boys seem more like a celebration of a new life for Kathy and Cody than a bombardment. It's also a fine addition to the coming-of-age canon, a staple from Star Wars through Driveways.

It's one of Brian Dennehy's last roles (he recently died), but one of his finest because it doesn't require him to use his former football- player heft or his menacing sheriff mien as in First Blood. The friendship between Cody and veteran Del is the real deal. Del has one nostalgic speech that you wish more of because he is talking, as in the opening quote, about enjoying the small parts of life whether you're 8 or 80.

"Small" as in Driveways, where the titular constructions are more than the separation between suburban homes-they're what binds them.


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