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This Must Be The Place (2012)



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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) Weinsteinmore
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and brief disturbing images.)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2013
Box Office: $0.1M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Sean Penn
as Cheyenne
Judd Hirsch
as Mordecai Midler
Harry Dean Stanton
as Robert Plath
Heinz Lieven
as Aloise Lange
Joyce Van Patten
as Dorothy Shore
David Byrne
as Himself
Olwen Fouere
as Mary's Mother
Shea Whigham
as Ernie Ray
Liron Levo
as Richard
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Critic Reviews for This Must Be The Place

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (24)

Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for This Must Be The Place


A messy movie that throws many narrative elements together without any cohesion, drifting from odd character study to hunt-the-Nazi road-movie - and it is so rambling and disjointed in its structure that it feels pointless, with Sean Penn in an extremely annoying performance.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A retired Goth pop star tracks down a Nazi who oppressed his deceased father. The script is a bit wonky, but Sean Penn has some great moments in a unique against-type role as the effeminate, tormented ex-rocker.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Meandering and episodic 'This Must Be The Place' is Italian born Paolo Sorrento's first foray into English language cinema and the result is interesting if inconsistent. Playing out as a coming of age/road movie hybrid the story charts aged goth Cheyenne's across America is search of a nazi war criminal responsible for humiliating his father.

As Cheyenne's journey progresses it becomes more strange, indulging in quirkiness at the cost of story and somewhat isolating itself from the viewer. Tonally the film is inconsistent, with moments of comedy turning into those of drama in a jarring fashion. Despite its problems the film occasionally reaches the level of intrigue it strives for and Penn's Gothic performance is oddly endearing if a little tiresome.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

This Must Be The Place Quotes

Cheyenne: My instincts tell me pedantry is an essential characteristic for capturing Nazis.
– Submitted by Patti K (3 years ago)
Cheyenne: Why is Lady Gaga?
– Submitted by Patti K (3 years ago)
Cheyenne: No, Jane, I'm not trying to find myself. I'm in New Mexico, not India.
– Submitted by Adnan K (3 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Laura G (3 years ago)

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