Donald Cried

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Donald Cried's dark, squirm-inducing humor is laced with bracing honesty -- and marks writer-director-star Kris Avedisian as a filmmaker to watch.



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Director/writer/star Kris Avedisian expertly deconstructs the contemporary obsession with the "man-child" in this darkly funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left his childhood home of Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. When he's suddenly forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip and ends up at loose ends. Stranded and broke, Peter looks to the only person he can think of to help him out - his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald (played by Avedisian). The ever-eccentric Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long and unhinged van ride into their past. Painfully awkward moments and increasingly bizarre - and dangerous - hijinks ensue, as the friends rediscover their stifled aggression and teenaged rebelliousness. Avedisian's pitch-perfect first feature is a brilliant twist on the family-reunion melodrama and the classic buddy comedy.

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Tyrone Alcorn
as Bus Driver
Matthew Barletta
as Football Guy #2
Alexander Cook
as The Mortician
Ariana DeFusco
as Bus Patron
Kyle Espeleta
as Security Guard
Donny Fite
as Doug Deflippo
Jeremy Furtado
as Brian Touty
Tom Kilgallen
as Bus Passenger
James L. Leite
as Bus Passenger
Nick Riess
as Football Guy #1
Peter Lewis Walsh
as Bus Passenger
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  • A ballsy debut by [writer-director-star] Avedisian and one that's not to be missed.

    Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Donald Cried" succeeds on its own modest terms, but watching its title character can be painful. This is not a movie for people who'd just as soon forget their own teenage mortifications.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's all absurd and enjoyable, and yet to spend one minute in his Donald's company is to realize something is wrong with him. This is not someone who can function in the world - and that's not funny.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Never feels like more than a malnourished Adam McKay movie that lacks even in laughs.

    Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie forcefully reminds you that the past you thought you had left behind still hurts, and that the old wounds you imagined had healed have simply been covered over.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Donald Cries demonstrates that cringeworthy isn't necessarily the same as funny.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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