Assisted Living (2005)
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as Mrs. Pearlman
as Mrs. Pearlman
as Nanci Jo
as Nancy Jo
as Malerie Skelley
as Hance Purcell
as Kathy Hogan
Critic Reviews for Assisted Living
[A] charming and original little comedy.
The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.
Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.
Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.
It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.
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.
This is just one of those films, that at first seems to be centered around a small and insignificant focus of morals..like 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.
A sweet and interesting film. Also very sad. But yeah, definitely worth watching. Especially if you like watching old people be adorable.
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