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Against the Current (2009)





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In this independent drama from writer and director Peter Callahan, Joseph Fiennes stars as Paul, a writer and finance expert who approaches his best friend Jeff (Justin Kirk) with an unusual proposal. When they were kids, Paul and Jeff talked about one day swimming the Hudson River from Manhattan to Troy, New York, a stretch of 150 miles. Paul has decided he's going to do it, and wants like Jeff to join him, suggesting he follow along in a boat and provide support when it's needed. Paul is puzzled but agrees, and his friend Liz (Elizabeth Reaser) tags along for the ride. But in time Jeff realizes that the final day of Paul's carefully scheduled big swim coincides with the fifth anniversary of the death of Paul's pregnant wife, and Jeff fears that his friend has more in mind that a challenge to himself. Also starring Mary Tyler Moore and Michelle Trachtenberg, Against The Current received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Joseph Fiennes
as Paul Thompson
Elizabeth Reaser
as Liz Clarke
Justin Kirk
as Jeff Kane
Pell James
as Amy Thompson
Martin Shakar
as Boatyard Owner
Constance Barron
as Aunt Karen
Amy Hargreaves
as Sarah Kane
Seth Kanor
as Officer Lefurgy
Nimo Gandhi
as Pasthule
Avery Glymph
as Fisherman #1
Chad R. Brigockas
as Fisherman #2
Tom O'Rourke
as Dock Man #1
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Good acting but terribly depressing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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I really liked this movie. Wonderfully written, and although not marketed as a comedy, it had quite a few laughs. Well casted; the buddy chemistry between the three was at times like watching an episode of Seinfeld. Bittersweet, and witty. This movie had one of those endings where you have to wonder what happened, but it was done so nicely that I didn't mind.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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