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A Short History Of Decay (2014)

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When Nathan Fisher, a thirty-something Brooklyn writer with a stalled career, is dumped by his ambitious girlfriend, he doesn't know where to turn. Suddenly, he gets a call telling him his father has been hospitalized and races down to Florida to help. His short visit turns into an extended stay during which he discovers that his aging parents are in much better control of their lives than he is. He also meets a woman, the polar opposite of his ex, who may be exactly what he is looking for. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Rose Perkinsm and Emmanuelle Chriqui. (C) Paladin

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Cast

Emmanuelle Chriqui
as Brika Bryce
Bryan Greenberg
as Nathan Fisher
Linda Lavin
as Sandy Fisher
Harris Yulin
as Bob Fisher
Benjamin King
as Jack Fisher
Michael Maren
as Auto service manager
Barbara Weetman
as Bartender
Nicholas Pryor
as The Man in White
Dottie Davis
as Erika's Friend/Paralegal
Nick Flynn
as Himself
Carla Stanley
as Erika's Friend
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Although more than a little meandering and self-indulgent, the film is likeable nonetheless due to its incisive characterizations and canny capturing of true-life moments.

June 5, 2014 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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While these loose ends might sound like scrambled bits out of an Eric Rohmer film, Mr. Maren's movie rather finds its groove in its humble domestic detail.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Lavin is a treasure. But Erika is right - Nathan's neurotic self-indulgence strains our patience.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Not a lot happens, and yet, as in the best so-called "slice of life" stories, you feel one way of life ending and another struggling to be born. The little that happens is enough.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Modest but winsome.

May 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Observer
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Maren's script isn't deep, but it's heartfelt without being sticky, suggesting that the best way to deal with aging parents is to savor every tender frustration while you can.

May 14, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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