Lebanon, Pa. (2011)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Director Ben Hickernell explores the deepening divides in American culture with this sweet-and-sour comedy drama tracing the growing bond between a Philadelphia advertising executive and his second cousin, a pregnant teenager. Will (Josh Hopkins) is preparing to bury his father in Lebanon, PA, when he strikes up a conversation with CJ (Rachel Kitson), a distant cousin who has recently gotten pregnant. Her life at a crossroads, CJ isn't quite sure how to handle the situation. Responsibility has
Apr 29, 2011 Limited
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Since the crux of the tale is a teenager's decision about an unwanted pregnancy, "Lebanon, Pa." can't possibly please everyone. But Hickernell doesn't strain to be provocative.
Not perfect, but vastly superior to most of the Hollywood dreck we've been getting lately, Lebanon, Pa. is a thoughtful and perceptive film well worth recommending.
As long as the pic remains rooted in a specific locale's rhythms, it imparts a sense of discovery; but when local color wears thin, bald ideological small-town/big-city oppositions intrude.
Plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.
Kitson, who plays CJ, the mouthy, forthright teenager at the center of the storm, illuminates a movie that is otherwise so studiously balanced an examination of teenage pregnancy that it deserves a medal for evenhandedness.
Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno.
This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery.
For the most part it's your classic character-driven movie - the antithesis of an "issue" drama - until a contentious issue surfaces that threatens to overwhelm the story.
Lebanon, PA is a beautiful film with powerful characters and a story you can really connect with in a way that won't make you feel gross or manipulated.
Audience Reviews for Lebanon, Pa.
- Will: I mowed a lawn today. I hadn't mowed a Goddamned lawn in a decade. It felt friggin' awesome!
- Will: You always want to market to children. To a child, to an adult buying something to a child, or to the child inside that adult. Now there is usually a reason why the customer shouldn't buy your product.There is something cheaper, better, prettier. But with a child, you don't have to ask them what they need. No, you can tell them what they want.
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