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The D Train (2015)



Critic Consensus: The D Train offers Jack Black a too-rare opportunity to showcase his range, but its story and characters are too sloppily conceived to hold together as a film.

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All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who's now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden's most intoxicating performances to date, D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor. (C) IFC
R (for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use)
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Jack Black
as Dan Landsman
James Marsden
as Oliver Lawless
Kathryn Hahn
as Stacey
Mike White
as Jerry
Russell Posner
as Zach Landsman
Jeffrey Tambor
as Bill Shurmur
Han Soto
as Dale Harkin
Adria Tennor
as Classmate (Wendy)
Kendra Sue Waldman
as Hotel Employee
Terrence Rosemore
as Employee #1 - Reggie
Liann Pattison
as Employee #2 - Older
Todd Blumenfeld
as Ross Clark
Jazzy Ellis
as Flight Attendant
Daniella Short
as Stripper #1
Cynyon Dawn
as Stripper #2
Joseph Anderson
as Hollywood Bar Waiter
Reginal Varice
as Cab Driver
John-Paul Flaim
as Paul Flaim-Sports Talk Host
Eric Bickel
as Sports Talk Host
Jason Bishop
as Sports Talk Host
John Auville
as Sports Talk Host
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Critic Reviews for The D Train

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (33)

Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, making their directorial debut, manage the difficult task of keeping the audience engaged even though both of the main characters are unlikable.

Full Review… | May 23, 2015
Top Critic

"The D Train" may be a scant and rather unconvincing comedy, but it deserves credit for taking a risk.

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
Top Critic

Nothing about "The D Train" feels the least bit authentic, and worse, little about it is funny. That's a deadly recipe for a dark comedy.

May 8, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The last act of The D Train becomes a hilarious, deeply weird, and ultimately touching medley of delusion, humiliation, and friendship.

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The movie goes for grin-and-cringe-inducing, and instead achieves "excruciating."

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
Top Critic

The movie flirts with a great darkness about disillusionment and self-loathing even as it races around spinning comedic plates. Too bad the filmmakers lose their nerve by film's end.

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The D Train


To say it plain and simple: I enjoyed this movie. I am shocked (not by the movie but) by all the negative comments. I thought that Jack Black was great in it -not that he isn't great in his other movies (Kings of Rock- grrreat!), but I think it is because there was a bigger depth to this character than most of his other movies), D-Train does not reach the greatness of Black's Orange County or Shallow Hal (both superb movies!), but it was a fresh and entertaining look at midlife crises and Highschool reunions. James Marsden stars as Black's equally great counterpart, I really liked him in this maybe morally a bit deviant but likable role - in the end his character is not a mean guy, but actually (and sadly) just pretty lost. Sure, the movie was not the obvious alumni meeting movie/what I expected, but this is a good thing. I was afraid it was gonna turn out as something about long-kept jealousy and some only rooster in the yard clinch, but fortunately it wasn't. It was a delicate, tender story about life choices, desire for friendships, attention and recognition, and coming to terms with your place in life. And done in a very entertaining, funny, original way. I did not see the turns and twists coming, but they did not shock but entertain and enjoy me. Come on, it also features the great Kathryn Hahn and cultish 80ies music - gotta love that! I only felt bad for the nice boss, Bill, but if I understood the ending right, this side story ended well, too. So give it a shot, be prepared for something different and enjoy!

Claudia Fifafo
Claudia Fifafo

Jet black comedy drama with two standout performances and a hard R rating.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

The least awkward part of the movie was the gay sex.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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