An Actor Prepares

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After suffering a heart attack, a famous, hard-drinking actor, Atticus Smith (Oscar (R)-winner, Jeremy Irons) is forced to drive across the country to make it in time for his daughter's (Mamie Gummer, "The Good Wife") wedding. Atticus' only hope of making the wedding lies with his estranged son, Adam (Jack Huston, Ben-Hur) who wants nothing to do with him. As the two set out on their adventure, they become closer and realize they are more alike than they thought.

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Critic Reviews for An Actor Prepares

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

  • The characters are so off-putting that our time spent with them quickly devolves into an endurance test.

    Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One keeps hoping director Steve Clark, who penned the script with Thomas Moffett, would plot a few unexpected turns along the way.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Are all fathers and their grown sons estranged? Does every road trip movie have to be filled with quirky characters and colorful detours? Judging by An Actor Prepares and so many other movies of its ilk, the answer to all of these is yes.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Jeremy Irons is clearly having a ball playing an incorrigibly irresponsible actor in this road movie comedy, but as his boozy, self-absorbed rogue crosses the US with his sober-sided son it's unlikely that viewers will have nearly as much fun.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A witty road trip with detours and performances that know when to push and when to retreat. Irons has great fun as lecherous, scarf-flapping thespian Atticus, with Huston a good counterweight as his po-faced, mansplaining feminist son.

    Nov 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even if most encounters along the road are a little corny (like an mind-opening experience with Patton's shaman), the film is an entertaining showcase for these two actors.

    Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An Actor Prepares

  • Jan 21, 2019
    Seems like Jeremy Irons had a good time making <i>An Actor Prepares</i>. That's nice for him. I myself, did actually enjoy it more than I expected to by the end, even if the whole "Son accepts shitty dad by virtue of having to spend time in the same immediate vicinity as him" is a trope I absolutely loathe. It's not great, I won't recommend it, and I won't come back to it, but I did laugh a couple of times, and hate it significantly less than I thought I might.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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