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Lebanon, Pa. (2011)

Lebanon, Pa.

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Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia advertising man, travels to Lebanon, PA to bury his recently deceased father. There, he meets his newly pregnant teenage cousin CJ and they form an unexpected friendship. as both try to find their place in a splintered American landscape.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Hickernell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2007
Box Office: $44.7k
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast

Alice Schaerer
as Dart Lady
Tom Cleary
as Rosary Man
Lenny Haas
as Terrence
Jayson Vance
as Bar Guy
Brea Bee
as Will's Assistant
Buck Schirner
as Man at Reception
Dominick Cicco
as Pete's Dad
Jason Silvis
as Bar Guy
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Critic Reviews for Lebanon, Pa.

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 11, 2011
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lebanon, Pa.

I actually liked this nice, touching, thought provoking little film. Made me smile at the end, and I like when movies do that. I really liked the scene where they set the boat free. There was something very comforting about that. Maybe I should try it....

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Cast: Josh Hopkins, Samantha Mathis, Mary Beth Hurt, Rachel Kitson, Ian Merrill Peakes

Director: Ben Hickernell

Summary: Urbane Philadelphia ad man Will (Josh Hopkins) heads to small-town Lebanon for his father's funeral, and the road leads not only to closure but to a revelation when the 35-year-old meets his precocious teenage cousin, CJ (Rachel Kitson), and her winsome teacher, Vicki (Samantha Mathis). As his friendship with CJ deepens and his warmth for the married Vicki grows, Will comes to realize that life can't always be summed up in a catchphrase.

My Thoughts: "The film was OK. The story is one we've seen before. I didn't like the camera work at all. There was too many very close, close ups. I also didn't like how half of the faces were sometimes on the screen or not at all. Besides that, I did find CJ's story the most interesting. I thought Rachel Kitson portrayed her character CJ very honestly. Her story in the film is quite heart breaking. Not everyone is going to like the outcome of her story. Will is trying to grieve a father he really didn't know because he was brought up to hate him by his mother. The scene with them at the cemetery was pivotal for Will. He gets to confront her and she comes off a bit selfish and only worried about herself and still not owning what she did to her son. I thought Josh Hopkins did a good job in his role. Not the best indie film I have seen, but surely not the worse one either."

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