Assisted Living (2005)
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as Mrs. Pearlman
as Mrs. Pearlman
as Nancy Jo
as Nanci Jo
as Malerie Skelley
as Hance Purcell
as Kathy Hogan
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Critic Reviews for Assisted Living
The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.
Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.
Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.
It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.
Audience Reviews for Assisted Living
This film wouldn't be the same had it not been shot in an actual nursing home with residents and staff participating. There are some things that just can't be faked or acted, and for anyone that has ever worked in, been to, or visited a loved one in a nursing home, that would be one of them.
The relationship that 'Todd' develops with the residents (in particular Mrs. Pearlman), is touching and real, and goes deep enough to make this film thought provoking.
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My first job ever was as an aide in a nursing home. My mother-in-law also had Alzheimer's disease so I really wanted to like this movie. I ended up walking away with mixed emotions. The movie was shot documentary style using real assisted living residents in the background. It focuses on a relationship between Todd, a dope smoking janitor and resident Mrs. Pearlman, who is developing Alzheimer's disease.
The movie was cute on occasion, such as Todd talking on the phone to the residents and pretending to be God. There were more moments that were disturbing, such as his terribly unprofessional behavior. I almost cried when he let the therapy dog loose. He also seemed to have a lot more free time than I ever did. If I wanted to spent time with a patient, I usually had to stay over and do it on my own time!
The ending was touching as Todd and patient bonded but the movie still left me unsettled.
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