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) Weinstein

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
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as Cheyenne

as Mordecai Midler

as Rachel

as Robert Plath

as Aloise Lange

as Dorothy Shore

as Himself

as Mary's Mother

as Ernie Ray

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for This Must Be The Place

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 was a strange wonderful film. I loved Cheyenne. I haven't loved a character so much since Hesher. Sean Penn gives out such a great performance in this movie that I forgot that it was him. The story is unique and so interesting. I didn't read what the movie was about. I simply seen Penn all dolled up in make-up and had to see why. So I was really surprised where the story took me.
Cheyenne is a washed up musician who has been out of the game for 20 years but is still famous and recognizable by most. He's kinda hard to not be noticed with his appearance. He has kinda checked out on life too so when the news of his fathers passing comes, who he hasn't seen or spoken to in 30 years, he takes the opportunity to leave Dublin and travel to find his fathers Nazi tormenter.
The movie is one of the better independent films I have seen in a while. I really loved the cast. I enjoyed the music too. It really is one of those films that are only going to be loved by some and hated by others. It takes a certain taste to enjoy this strange yet intriguing story.


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