Why Stop Now? Reviews

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LWOODS04
Super Reviewer
March 4, 2013
review soon...........
MANUGINO
Super Reviewer
½ January 8, 2013
A funny thing happened on the way to rehab.

Decent Movie! It's really a movie that is mostly being carried by its characters and the actors who are portraying them. It might seem like an odd choice for Oscar nominated and winning actors such as Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo to be in this little film but I can definitely see why they wanted to be in it. It's simply being a true actor's movie, in which they are truly able to shine, without having the pressure of a big budget and high expectations and Hollywood producers constantly breathing down their necks. The movie overall is nothing special but it is entertaining and if you are looking for a mindless movie to put in and enjoy then this is a decent choice.

The story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, dealing with his troubled mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love.
YodaMasterJedi
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2012
three stars...
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 19, 2014
You must excuse Eli(Jesse Eisenberg) for being late to his audition. You see he has had a tough last 24 hours that began with him getting drunk at a jock party he crashed the night before. The following morning he gives a ride to his mother(Melissa Leo) to a rehab clinic. Except in a bit of logic that would make Joseph Heller smile, they will not take her because she currently tests clean for drugs. So, Eli has to get drugs from local drug dealers Sprinkles(Tracy Morgan) and Black(Isiah Whitlock Jr.). And before he knows it, Eli is their new translator.

"Why Stop Now" has certain things going for it like a neat cast(Sarah Ramos proving that 'Parenthood' was no fluke) and a tried and true comedy premise that should work. Except it really does not. Apparently, there is only so much mileage one can get out of putting Jesse Eisenberg into jeopardy. Along those same lines, it is the kind of situation that the television series 'Mom' succeeds at every week. In other words, it is always a good idea to rely on professionals for writing and directing your comedy needs, else you could just end up with a whole bunch of random bits(like the reenactors) and a resolution that is more than a little preachy.
themoviewaffler.com
Super Reviewer
½ July 31, 2012
Yet another Indie "dramedy" in the vein of Wes Anderson and the Duplass Brothers. In order to check her into rehab, Jesse Eisenberg must get his mother, Melissa Leo, high so her urine sample is approved. They call into her dealer, 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan, but he's fresh out. The three set off on an adventure of (yawn) self discovery. It's not particularly dramatic and there's not much in the way of comedy despite the best efforts of the talented lead trio.
SC007
Super Reviewer
½ July 7, 2013
I was expecting the film to be better than what it is, especially cause of the cast. The film is too quirky and over the top. In a weird way, it reminded me of a very bad version of 30 Minutes or Less, except that film is better than this film. I feel like I have seen Jesse play this character before in another movie. Both him and Leo have a great on screen chemistry. They deserve a better film than this one. Tracy Morgan is too over the top.
PantaOz
Super Reviewer
½ August 16, 2012
One of the actors I like (Jesse Eisenberg) in a movie I didn't like... and the main reason is that the screenplay was made like some kind of patchwork from things which didn't match! I never got the involving experiencing feeling watching it. Everything was like a dream in between a few wake up toilet calls... after eating a watermelon at night.

This film is actually a dramedy about a young pianist Eli on the day of a big piano recital who also has to check his junkie mom into rehab. Of course, things never go as planned.

Drifting and with a lack of purpose!
jim222001us
Super Reviewer
½ February 22, 2013
An under-rated movie with charm and a heart but it's also pretty funny at times as well. Jesse Eisenberg does his best work since Social Network as a talented piono player heald back by his family problems with his drug addict mother. While Tracey Morgan is at his best as a drug dealer. Only 25% good reviews isn't fair at all.
½ February 22, 2013
A bit of a long-winded movie. Though Jesse Eisenberg has now become a typecast by portraying this smart Jewish kid in a contrasting backdrop, every other actor in this film has failed to keep up with his shining star.
February 21, 2013
not sure about this one.. it was amusing, but.. seemed to be stretched extremely thin.. not funny enough to be comedy, nor dramatic enough to be drama.. just.. *shrug*..
February 10, 2013
This may not have been a terrific film, but Jesse Eisenberg once again proves that he's a very fine actor no matter the setting. Tracy Morgan was funny as always playing an inept and awkward drug dealer, and, unfortunately, Melissa Leo makes any movie just a little bit worse. It was very frustrating to watch at times, as it was often a comedy of errors, but that is a certain level of success in my book. All in all, slightly above adequate on a couple good performances.
½ June 9, 2015
A screwball comedy is not my favorite genre because most of the time a lot of the characters in those movies are really loud and annoying. In the case of Why Stop Now, it's the mother played by Melissa Leo and she does a great job playing a self-centered, despicable mother. The plot is not the most groundbreaking one, but it works fine for the film. Loved the script and the performances. Why Stop Now is all over the place, but still a thoroughly enjoyable comedy.
October 30, 2014
I genuinely loved this movie. It's a light comedy about some obstacles in life and left an impression on me at least. Thank you for making this movie.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 19, 2014
You must excuse Eli(Jesse Eisenberg) for being late to his audition. You see he has had a tough last 24 hours that began with him getting drunk at a jock party he crashed the night before. The following morning he gives a ride to his mother(Melissa Leo) to a rehab clinic. Except in a bit of logic that would make Joseph Heller smile, they will not take her because she currently tests clean for drugs. So, Eli has to get drugs from local drug dealers Sprinkles(Tracy Morgan) and Black(Isiah Whitlock Jr.). And before he knows it, Eli is their new translator.

"Why Stop Now" has certain things going for it like a neat cast(Sarah Ramos proving that 'Parenthood' was no fluke) and a tried and true comedy premise that should work. Except it really does not. Apparently, there is only so much mileage one can get out of putting Jesse Eisenberg into jeopardy. Along those same lines, it is the kind of situation that the television series 'Mom' succeeds at every week. In other words, it is always a good idea to rely on professionals for writing and directing your comedy needs, else you could just end up with a whole bunch of random bits(like the reenactors) and a resolution that is more than a little preachy.
March 15, 2014
Why stop now? ..cos this move sucks!
March 3, 2014
this movie was sad. jesse eisenburg is a bad actor!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont like him i want to sue this movie for disterbing the peace of that lovely woman "his mom" what an asshole he is!!!!!!!!
½ January 28, 2014
Featuring a funny cast and a surprisingly deep script; Why Stop Now is a dark comedy that profits from the energy of its leads.
January 17, 2014
Genuinely torturous. Awful.
October 21, 2013
A real gem of a movie. Laughed like crazy when Eli acts as the translator between his mom's drug supplier and a Mexican supplier. Jesse Eisenberg is perfect as ever. You could see things were going to get worse and worse like a snowball picking up snow as it goes downhill.
½ September 6, 2013
20 somethings who are children of parents who got caught in the drug culture of the 60s could relate to this movie. It captures (in a fun and way) the tension between the difficult task of finding your place in the world and navigating the messy lives of your parents. As one reviewer said, if this has not been your life experience then the movie would most likely be uninteresting. But I see It as an inspiring story of resilience.
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