Everyday People (2004)
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Independent filmmaker Jim McKay (Girls Town) writes and directs the ensemble film Everyday People, produced in part by HBO Films. The story revolves around a neighborhood eatery in Brooklyn called Raskins, a Jewish-owned-and-operated restaurant with an almost exclusively black clientele. After years of faithful service, owner Ira (Jordan Gelber) contemplates selling out to a corporation as part of the city's urban renewal. Everyday People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition. … More
as Ron Harding
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Critic Reviews for Everyday People
I feel like a real heel for not being able to endorse this film enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, but there we have it.
Although ambitious...Everyday People is a disappointing step backwards for the filmmaker.
My only complaint is that it feels more like a series pilot than a stand-alone film, but thumbs up.
Appealing and interesting characters, but [McKay] spreads his film too thinly over too many of them, resulting in sketches, rather than portraits.
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.
Vividly depicts the changes taking place in the lives of the working poor in Brooklyn now that the traditional safety nets no longer protect them.
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