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Calling this 'tired' gives fatigue a bad name.
In the end Around the Bend isn't an awful movie. It's merely forgettable.
A sentimental journey, to be sure, but is saved by bleakly humorous moments.
In Michael Caine and Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas, [Roberts has] surrounded himself with a first-rate cast who, with one exception, seize the day.
Walken manages to deliver something pure and heartfelt here. Unfortunately, he's doing so in a film weighed down by coincidences and quirks.
Seems to think it's extra-crunchy, but winds up a pretty regular affair.
When traveling the American Southwest, there are bound to be many KFC locations around the bend to feed you along the way.
Michael Caine and Christopher Walken breath spirited life into debut writer/director Jordan Roberts' road trip of family bonding in this independent movie with a big heart.
...in many ways the softer scenes have more punch to them than any of the emotional confrontations or dramatic revelations
An unusual, oddly satisfying film that's part road movie and part emotional drama.
Oozes sentimentality for the plight of these mildly eccentric characters... The problem isn't the film's gooey center but the flavorless, formulaic substance surrounding it.
There's not much happening even when the viewer eventually gets around the bend.
An experienced cast lifts this "quirky" family drama about redemption just above been there done that, but only just. Walken and Caine, of course, are the standouts.
Never Judge A Film By Its Cover, I have seen this film on the shelves 100 times and passed it up. I'm not a big Christopher Walken Fan, but I do enjoy Michael Caine. So I finally decided to watch this one and what I saw was a very enjoyable movie with a great sound track. About a father (Michael Caine) who only last wish is to see his son (Christopher Walken). Soon after he appears dies and before he dies he leaves his son, grandson and great grandson instructions for a road trip, which makes the movie most enjoyable. The purpose is to get these three back together. All died a fabulous job, 4 1/2 stars 4-21-12
Cast: Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, Josh Lucas, Glenne Headly, Jonah Bobo, David Eigenberg, Robert Douglas, Carlos Cabarcas, Gerry Bamman, Jean Effron, Lily Knight, Rick Negron
Director: Jordan Roberts
Summary: Four generations of men are suddenly brought together by the chance to uncover the truth about their family's past. When their eldest member passes away, the remaining trio embarks on a journey that takes them out on the road and into a world full of surprises -- some comic, some dramatic, and all of them personal.
My Thoughts: "Really loved this movie. It was a mans movie with some male bonding going on, but definitely sentimental for the gal's. Such a great cast of men in this movie. I am a sucker for road trip movies, and this was a great one.The story is good, the acting is great, and the concept of Henry's will is funny and original. I enjoyed the entirety of this film. It had a great mix of humor, sadness, and drama. It's a road trip to forgiveness. See it if you haven't yet."
A terrific film. I loved every minute of it. Truly wonderful and outstanding. A great story of family and redemption. An astonishing masterpiece of the finest for drama. It's funny, touching and powerful. Compelling, riveting and unforgettable. Josh Lucas and Christopher Walken are fantastic. A great pair, their chemistry is so true, honest, complex and remarkable. Walken is outstanding, one of his best performances ever. An excellent soundtrack filled great old tunes. Deeply moving and utterly heartbreaking. A delightful and terrific road trip that cant turn away from.
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