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A Beginner's Guide To Endings (2010)

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The three sons of a reckless, recently-deceased gambler make a shocking discovery that causes them to reassess their lives as they race to make the most of the precious little time they have left. A hard living father of five, Duke White (Harvey Keitel) had a bad habit of gambling away every penny that came his way. Now Duke is dead, and he's got one last surprise for his three oldest sons: years ago, Duke signed up Cal, Jacob, and Nuts for a series of drug tests that drastically reduced their life expectancies. Upon learning that his time on Earth is quickly running out, Cal (Scott Caan) goes after Miranda (Tricia Helfer), the one girl he always regretted letting slip through his fingers. Former boxer Nuts (Jason Jones), meanwhile, decides to step back into the ring to prove that he can still deliver a crowd-pleasing punch. And then there's Jacob (Paulo Costanzo), the son who stopped taking risks after settling into a comfortable career. Now, with his youngest brother Todd (Siam Yu) by his side, Jacob is going to throw caution to the wind, and do all of the things he was too afraid to do before he knew that his days were numbered.
Rating:
R (for language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Entertainment One

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Cast

Harvey Keitel
as Duke White
Scott Caan
as Cal White
Jason Jones
as Edward "Nuts" White Jr.
J.K. Simmons
as Uncle Pal
Tricia Helfer
as Miranda
Jared Keeso
as Toby "Juicebox" White
Siam Yu
as Todd White
Wendy Crewson
as Goldie White
Allison Graham
as Waitress
Horace Abel
as Tank-Boy
Horace Fox
as Rahm the Baptist
Rufus Crawford
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for A Beginner's Guide To Endings

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The end result feels like a feeble homage to a better filmmaker. A Tarantino knockoff is forgivable, but not Tarantino Extra Lite.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The veterans - Keitel and Simmons especially - do what's required. But the other players are trying too hard to sell their roles.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A Beginner's Guide To Endings involves suicide and a whole family doomed to die young. Needless to say, it's a comedy.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Jam! Movies

An entertainingly light-hearted romp...

Full Review… | September 12, 2010
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Audience Reviews for A Beginner's Guide To Endings

The veterans - Keitel and Simmons especially - do what's required. But the other players are trying too hard to sell their roles.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

A Beginner's Guide to Endings is too quirky for its own good, with no real sense of a story or narrative to sustain itself, even if on a very thin comedic level. It simply feels like a series of sketches with haphazard plotlines. The performances range from good (Keitel) to tonally all-over-the-map, and are never inherently funny in-and-of themselves. The humor is generally miss, ranging from slapstick to dark, but without really compelling characters and situations to pull it off. 2.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

½

Unfocused comedy about 3 brothers who, after the death of their father, learn they may only have a few days left to live, and set out to live life to the fullest in their final hours. Awkward mix of comedy and drama never strikes an even tone. A few fine comedic moments in the script are also hampered by uneven direction.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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