Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2012)



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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch non-conformism leads him to teenage mistakes that are hard to undo. He refuses to go to college, after being accepted at Brown, and is interested in nothing - barring visits to his enigmatic, free-spirited grandmother Nanette, played by Oscar winner Ellen … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roberto Faenza, Dahlia Heyman
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On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
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Critic Reviews for Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Several kinds of excruciating.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
New York Times
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His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
New York Daily News
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It might actually make audiences understand the urge to bully.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
AV Club
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These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Village Voice
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The film is a pleasant watch, filled with nice little moments of comedy and tenderness, and optimistic about the fate of dreamers who happen to be a little slow out of the starting gate.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Life and love through the eyes of a hyper intellect young man. Very funny and witty.

It is directed by the Italian Roberto Faezan. With a distinct non-American feel to the story line, this movie is not well received but I like it very much. I see the doings of other in the eyes of James, critical of others' "silliness" and "shallowness". Mother being a arty New Age sentimentalist, father being a shallow capitalist with common vanity, and "Mr. Roger" being all folksy earnest regret -- all reasonable courses for being critical. But our young man, played by the epicene Toby Regbo, learned his lesson of how to love others in the terms of their own world.

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