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Expired (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 10

Heartwarming and acidic in turns, this offbeat dramedy about two meter maids in love features solid performances from Samantha Morton and Jason Patric.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

Heartwarming and acidic in turns, this offbeat dramedy about two meter maids in love features solid performances from Samantha Morton and Jason Patric.

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A sheltered meter maid and her disturbed fellow parking enforcer discover that love can bloom even while working in a job that most folks despise in this unflinching look at modern love starring Samantha Morton and Jason Patric. Hypersensitive Claire (Morton) spends her days doling out parking tickets, and her nights caring for her ailing mother (Teri Garr). Jay (Patric) is a highly intelligent parking enforcement officer whose bitterness over squandered opportunities has grown to border on

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Cecilia Miniucchi

Nov 17, 2009

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Expired pretends to be a valentine to society's outcasts, but it's just one more indie comedy that mocks its characters while sucking up to its knowing audience.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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One of those Sundance "comedies" that make you contemplate slitting your wrists.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The performances are expert, but can't make up for a flat script and direction.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The funny, sad, offbeat, sometimes off-the-beat romance Expired is one of those precariously balanced movies that might fall to pieces with a different cast.

June 20, 2008
New York Times
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Despite terrific efforts from its lead players, Expired runs its meter out long before the end.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Both Patric and Morton give brazenly fearless performances, yet these talents are left tangoing to a tune that's nowhere near worthy of them.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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one of the most inept, poorly-mounted productions of the decade

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Death and regret hang over the film palpably, and Miniucchi's willingness to put her characters through disaster and humiliation while still plainly empathizing with them is what keeps the film surprising and its characters winning, in spite of themselves

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Unconventionally quirky in its unassuming blue-collar bluntness, Expired is comically horrifying in its examination of lonely people living on the fringe of professional obscurity and personalized disarray.

June 27, 2008 Full Review
Movie Eye

Miniucchi's screenplay is an unwieldy blend of pathos and unsettling moments, which become increasingly uninteresting as the film trudges to a dreary close.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Call it an anti-rom-com, and see it if you can.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The temptation is to say Expired is closer to "Misfired," but there are just enough good things here (particularly Samantha Morton as a lonely-in-love meter maid) to avoid that label.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Tough indie drama features great performances.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Turns its uncomfortable central relationship into a fascinating study of symbiotic personalities.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Locating both Claire's loneliness and Jay's anger as partial outgrowths of their detested profession handing out parking meter violation tickets, Expired coasts along on a distinctively odd wavelength.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Assuming the shape of an old-fashioned indie, this offbeat romantic fable is a minor work that promises better things from its director; the narrative is considerably elevated by lead performers Jason Patric and the endlessly creative Samantha Morton.

June 16, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

How likely is it that love, not to mention hot sex, can blossom between two people who've picked identical careers dedicated to punishing the rest of us? Delightfully kinky sex and the city meter maid romp.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Evokes a relationship so acidic between a couple of meter maids that the woman would probably feel better breathing in the acidic fumes outside than putting up with her man's insults.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

The movie forces us to endure so much meanness without a proper resolution at the end of it. It's all ordeal and no payoff.

June 24, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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Audience Reviews for Expired

offbeat romantic comedy. samantha morton is amazing. jason patric's character is despicable. teri garr is surprising in her role, to say the least.
October 26, 2008
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In "Expired," Claire(Samantha Morton) takes care of her invalid mother(Teri Garr) while working as a meter maid. That job has its share of dangers like arguments with drivers, awkward encounters with ex-boyfriends and being hit by cars. After recuperating from one such accident, she meets Jay(Jason Patric), a co-worker who takes a much more agressive stance towards the job. That does not stop him from having his own awkward encounter with his estranged son(Jonny Mack) who is about to have his CD released and whom he tickets, anyway. But then they will let anybody on MTV these days.

Samantha Morton proved years ago that she can personally elevate any movie she is in, especially the mostly abominable "Minority Report." And that's also true with the otherwise unremarkable "Expired," that feels a little incomplete, to which she excels against the one-note performance of Jason Patric. In a switch, Claire is nowhere near as lonely as she might seem while Jay relies on phone sex and pornography for most of his interpersonal relations. That having been said, the movie's message is being kind can make the world a better place. Don't get me wrong. It's a worthy thought but strange coming from a movie about characters doling out parking tickets.(Apparently, you only get ticketed when you are about to return to your car.) As much as not ticketing somebody may be considered a good deed, remember that the money collected does go to the public good.
November 13, 2010
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Walter M.

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Independent Romance-Drama/Comedy written and directed by Cecilia Miniucchi. Good writing and directing for the most part, good cinematography as well. Good performances by Samantha Morton, Jason Patric ["The Lost Boys", "The Losers"], Teri Garr, and Illeana Douglas ["Cape Fear", "Stir of Echoes"]. The ticket-giving scenes were very realistic, they reminded me of the reality show "Parking Wars". I found the dynamic between the two lead characters very interesting and weird, at some points it reminded me of the independent film "Secretary". Claire [played by Samantha Morton] is an abnormally pleasant passive aggressive lonely woman with low self-esteem and Jay [played by Jason Patric] is a serious asshole, both of them seem to be suffering from personality disorders. I spent most of the movie waiting for her to curse him out, it's sad to know that there are women out there with such a lack of self love or value. There are some scenes that provide some insight into Jay's alleged narcissistic personality disorder and you can tell he actually has lower self esteem than Claire based upon the way he takes out his frustrations with his own failures on people. The two share the occasional sweet moment even though Jay can't seem to just be a nice human-being for a prolonged amount of time, if they ever make a sequel they'll probably show him seeing a shrink. The title of the movie is not just a play on words referring to parking meters expiring, it's also a metaphor for life and how so many people waste their potential and end up expiring before they can make something of themselves. It's about love and how some people never find it, and about the people who do find love...but the wrong kind of love. Overall I found this to be a very compelling film despite some deficiencies, it's definitely worth a second watch.
July 13, 2010
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