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Answers to Nothing (2011)



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Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see. -- (C) Roadside Attractions
R (for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Dane Cook
as Ryan
Julie Benz
as Frankie
Kali Hawk
as Allegra
Mark Kelly
as Carter
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (13)

Nearly a dozen random themes and characters have been Scotch-taped together into a single mess.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
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An apt title that sadly recalls lesser ensemble pieces like "Playing by Heart," while wanting to be "Grand Canyon."

Full Review… | December 4, 2011
New York Daily News
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Any movie that calls itself Answers to Nothing ought to be 100 percent sure it's about something.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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It begins with Dane Cook procuring sperm to impregnate his desperate wife with a little help from his mistress - and goes steadily downhill from there.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
New York Post
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There's a lack of real conclusiveness to many of the film's characters and situations.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Some fine performances and an embrace of understatement make Matthew Leutwyler's oddly titled "Answers to Nothing" a respectable entry in the multiple-stories-that-interlock genre.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
New York Times
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I call these "crash" movies. as far as ensemble pieces with converging and hopefully surprising storylines go, this is a good one, although plodding at times and perhaps a little preachy


While Kate(Elizabeth Mitchell) waits patiently in a gynecologist's office for her husband Ryan(Dane Cook), he is having sex with Tara(Aja Volkman), a young singer. Well, at least he manages to get a sperm sample. It is a good thing then that Kate has friends like Frankie(Julie Benz) who is heading the investigation behind the disappearance of a little girl where her chief suspect, Beckworth(Gerg Germann), makes the highly questionable and dangerous decision of flirting with her during on an interrogation. Professionally, Kate is a lawyer defending Drew's(Miranda Bailey) right to keep custody of Erik(Vincent Ventresca), her vegetative brother. Like any genre, that of interrelated stories can never be considered completely dead, no matter the harm done to it by mediocre movies like "Answers to Nothing" with has little in the way of a message or any recognizable human behavior.(No wonder Allegra(Kali Hawk) hates everything except for dogs.) Yes, there is the admittedly geekly thrill of seeing Elizabeth Mitchell and Julie Benz having a drink together but that's pretty much it. And while Mitchell is the best thing going in this terribly self-conscious mess, she is also distressingly given little to do.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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This film took my by surprise. It is very good. It reminded me a lot of movies like Crash and Magnolia. One thing that I liked about it, was that this film didn't have big stars in the film. I liked the casting in this film. Everyone shines, especially Elizabeth Mitchell. I definitely recommend this film.

Sol C
Sol C

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