Everyday People (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Everyday People
My only complaint is that it feels more like a series pilot than a stand-alone film, but thumbs up.
It has an undeniable authenticity in its characterizations and situations and an empathy that is all too rare even in independent cinema.
The ensemble cast, asked to improvise its roles, interacts with conviction and chemistry.
Jim McKay's ensemble drama, the opening feature in the annual New Directors/New Films series, has a roaming, lived-in quality.
I feel like a real heel for not being able to endorse this film enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, but there we have it.
Audience Reviews for Everyday People
This movie was recommended to me by a friend. After watching I don't know what he was so excited about. The movie is about a diner that is going to close because the owner was offered a great deal. The people that want to buy it have bought the whole area up. They want to turn the area into high class establishments. Even though the movie takes place in Brooklyn in a shabby area. What the movie shows is how the closing is going to effect the everyday people that work there or go in. The problem is that most of the acting isn't good at all. There are some decent conservartions that seemed very realistic that I really enjoyed, and thats why I gave it a 6 mostly. I don't think if you skip this you are going to miss much.
This is a story of a long-time Brooklyn eatery that is being sold to a greedy investor as a part of the neighborhood's urban renewal. Goodbye Mom & Pop (or in this case Father & Son) and hello chain restaurants. The workers are told at a meeting that the restaurant will close in a matter of weeks and the story revolves around the reactions of the employees.
The premise is strong and some of the characters are indeed interesting, but the film tries cover too many of the worker's stories ultimately spreading everything a bit too thin. Too bad because this should have been much better.
BELIEVABLE PRESENTED WITH VERY REAL AND INTERESTING CHARACTERS. IT DOES DRAG IN A FEW SCENES, BUT OVERALL THE EFFECT OF THE FILM IS SATISFYING.
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