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 momentous decision about his life. … More
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Critic Reviews for Turning Green
Turning Green has been on the shelf for so long that I'm afraid this forgettable film has gone bad.
Initially engaging, witty and charming, but ultimately ends up contrived and bland with an unfocused, half-baked plot.
Sometimes sweet but invariably slight and old-fashioned coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Ireland.
A whimsical dirty joke of a movie set in a picturesque Irish village.
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.
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.
suffers from a strangely lazy narrative and a bizarre waste of notable actors
Turning Green is, if nothing else, the world's loneliest teen sex comedy.
An Irish-set comedy-drama, Turning Green is not particularly comic or compellingly dramatic.
It's clear that Mr. Hutton enjoyed every minute of doing gruff, gross thugishness and boorish simplicity.
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.
Strikes a tone that deftly mixes comedy, wistfulness and bawdiness. The finished product is something to be proud of.
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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