The Event (2003)

The Event



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Canadian filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald directs the sentimental ensemble drama The Event. Nick (Parker Posey) is a district attorney investigating several deaths in the gay community of New York City's Chelsea District. It seems that many AIDS sufferers have died under similar mysterious circumstances. Each case suggest the use of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York. HIV-infected cellist Matt (Don McKellar) has died of a drug overdose following a large party in Manhattan given by his … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Thom Fitzgerald, Steven Hillyer, Tim Marback
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On DVD: Apr 13, 2004



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Critic Reviews for The Event

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20)

To make a movie in 2003, one that centers around AIDS but ignores the epidemic's current culprit, Africa, and toys melodramatically with scenarios steeped in the filmmakers' selfish nostalgia without any real point, is to ask us not to think at all.

Full Review… | December 18, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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The performances of Olympia Dukakis as Matt's mother and Sarah Polley as his sister elevate The Event from melodramatic claptrap to sensitive drama.

Full Review… | November 25, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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A feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here. Is that last item a curious thing to say about a film with such a weighty agenda? Exactly.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Boston Globe
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Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm its emotion.

November 7, 2003
Washington Post
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Fails equally as lament and celebration.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
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Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover.

Full Review… | October 8, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Event

A New York DA is investigating a suspicious suicide in the city's gay community. The movie turns into a debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. There are a few name actors in this movie (Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, Parker Posey, etc.).

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I had no idea how much I would cry while watching this movie. I was a complete mess. Suicide is such a taboo subject and I'm sure many people don't think its right, but if you were dying and wanted to go on your own terms then I say do it. Its your life and you should be able to do what you want with it. I know that I don't ever want to be left in a vegetable state. The cast was fantastic, but Olympia Dukakis gave such an outstanding performance. When she took matters in her own hands and forced the pills into her sons mouth really got me. If you like to cry, then this movie is for you!

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