This Must Be The Place (2011)
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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 8,882
Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. -- (C) Weinstein
Nov 2, 2012 Wide
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Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.
Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.
The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.
Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.
If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.
The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.
The conceit of showing a pop-culture figure's life out of the limelight is beyond hackneyed, but the film's incongruous visual splendor and Penn's all-or-nothing commitment keep Sorrentino's unabashed folly afloat for a while.
Sorrentino's aggressively life-affirming movie has wormed its way into the hearts of a surprising number of usually sensible, discerning critics.
As oddly magnetic as Sean Penn's performance is, the film seems more preoccupied with being quirky and puzzling than with telling a cohesive, satisfying story.
"It would take a week mucking out a pork pie factory to acclimatise for a hamfest as nauseating as this."
Penn's Cheyenne is endearing and ultimately a little bit heartbreaking.
... a fascinating character study that goes beyond simple quirks and mannerisms.
Sean Penn performs another one of his amazing transmogrification acts as the rock star Cheyenne in This Must Be the Place.
Feels like a cult movie waiting to happen, or perhaps a mad experiment gone wrong. Either way, it's worth watching Penn, perhaps unwittingly, taking Jeff Spicoli to the burned-out end we might have guessed for him back at Ridgemont High.
Adjust to the Oscar winner's deadpan cartoon impersonation, and you may get on the wavelength of this quirkfest.
We begin to wonder why Penn even bothered with such a flimsy project in the first place. Let's not stop here very long.
The old country comes to the New World in a magical tale with ancient roots of a prodigal son returning for revenge . . .like a cinematic DeToqueville. . . kooky and lovely.
Audience Reviews for This Must Be The Place
- Cheyenne: My instincts tell me pedantry is an essential characteristic for capturing Nazis.
- Cheyenne: Why is Lady Gaga?
- Cheyenne: No, Jane, I'm not trying to find myself. I'm in New Mexico, not India.
- Rachel: Fear always saves as.
- Cheyenne: Always.
- Cheyenne: But you have to choose a moment in your life, even one, to not be afraid.
- Rachel: Have you choose that moment?
- Cheyenne: Yes, right now.
- Cheyenne: There's something not quite right about this. I'm not sure what, but something.
- Cheyenne: Persistence...and time...thats what wins girls over. It makes them feel safe.
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