Assisted Living (2005)



Critic Consensus: An unconventional, heartfelt blend of fact and fiction.

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A janitor in a nursing home spends his days getting high and enjoying the surrealism of resident life. When he develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly woman whose mind is faltering, his compassion drives him to knowingly jeopardize his job.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Maggie Wise Riley
as Mrs. Pearlman
Maggie Riley
as Mrs. Pearlman
Nanci Jo Boone
as Nanci Jo
Nancy Jo Boone
as Nancy Jo
Malerie Boone
as Malerie Skelley
Clint Vaught
as Hance Purcell
Gail Benedict
as Kathy Hogan
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Critic Reviews for Assisted Living

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (19)

[A] charming and original little comedy.

May 6, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
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The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.

April 14, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Works more than it doesn't, though it's easy to conclude that the film exploits some of the elderly in the movie.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Assisted Living

This film wouldn't be the same had it not been shot in an actual nursing home with residents and staff participating. There are some things that just can't be faked or acted, and for anyone that has ever worked in, been to, or visited a loved one in a nursing home, that would be one of them. The relationship that 'Todd' develops with the residents (in particular Mrs. Pearlman), is touching and real, and goes deep enough to make this film thought provoking. Check your IFC listings.

stacy none of your business
stacy none of your business

This is just one of those films, that at first seems to be centered around a small and insignificant focus of the neglect this nursing home resident recieves from her drug addicted son. But what its really about is the ease with which a relationshiop can become convoluted- even when it hasn't been touched in years, and this is what makes this film absolutely striking. Old people are pretty cute.

coleen herbert
coleen herbert

A sweet and interesting film. Also very sad. But yeah, definitely worth watching. Especially if you like watching old people be adorable.

Adam L.
Adam L.

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