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Turning Green (2005)

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The story of Michael Aimette and John G. Hofmann's Turning Green concerns a 16-year-old American who finds himself living in Ireland with his aunts after the death of his mother. He longs for nothing more than to return to the States, but he is without the means to do so. After a trip to London brings him into contact with pornography, he gets the idea to sell it in order to raise the necessary cash. When he starts to become more successful in this endeavor than he expected, he must make a

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Dec 21, 2010

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A whimsical dirty joke of a movie set in a picturesque Irish village.

November 13, 2009
New York Times
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Both Project Greenlight runners-up, directors Michael Aimette and John G. Hofmann get the teen angst and Gaelic aesthetic right; too bad their third-act thuggery isn't just routine, but ridiculous.

November 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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An amusing Irish coming-of-age comedy set in 1979.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Turning Green is, if nothing else, the world's loneliest teen sex comedy.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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Nivola makes an astounding left turn from his nice husband role in Junebug and Hutton loses himself in the sort of part fit for a Walter Hill film.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Turning Green has been on the shelf for so long that I'm afraid this forgettable film has gone bad.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
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Initially engaging, witty and charming, but ultimately ends up contrived and bland with an unfocused, half-baked plot.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Sometimes sweet but invariably slight and old-fashioned coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Ireland.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

With the help of first-time performer Donal Gallery, this mix of gangster drama and quirky comedy boasts a modest charm that should appeal to young men around same age as the 16 year old lead character, despite a lack of focus and familiar twists.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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suffers from a strangely lazy narrative and a bizarre waste of notable actors

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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An Irish-set comedy-drama, Turning Green is not particularly comic or compellingly dramatic.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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It's clear that Mr. Hutton enjoyed every minute of doing gruff, gross thugishness and boorish simplicity.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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Strikes a tone that deftly mixes comedy, wistfulness and bawdiness. The finished product is something to be proud of.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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Audience Reviews for Turning Green

Cast: Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, Colm Meaney, Donal Gallery

Director: Michael Aimette, John G. Hofmann

Summary: Sent to live with his aunts in Ireland, sex-obsessed teen James (Donal Gallery) goes to work for a bookie (Alessandro Nivola), trying to raise enough cash to return to the States. But when he discovers nude magazines on a trip to London, James dreams up a better business plan. Back in Ireland, the porn-peddling entrepreneur finds his adult contraband in high demand. Colm Meaney and Timothy Hutton co-star in this film set in 1979.

My Thoughts: "It was a good little indie drama. It's a bit gritty in some spots and most definitely would fit in the dark comedy category. The relationship James has with his Aunt's is pretty comical and a little embarrassing. I liked his back handed comments. The relationship between James and his brother Pete is quite special. You see how much James loves his brother and how tight their bond is. James desperately wants to escape Ireland with his brother to America. But throughout the film it's unsure if Pete wants the same. By the end of the film it gets a bit intense. *SPOILER* I felt awful that James and Pete are separated in the end considering that James wouldn't be going back to Ireland because of outcome at the shore.*END OF SPOILER* All in all not a bad little indie flick. Worth taking a look at."
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