Duane Hopwood (2005)
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as Duane Hopwood
as Bob Flynn
as Mr. Alonso
as Mrs. Fillipi
as Male Judge
as Female Judge
as Linda's Lawyer
as Tommy the Security Guard
as Kate's Teacher
as Beefy Bartender
as Jogger No. 1
as Jogger No. 2
as Mrs. Wakely
Critic Reviews for Duane Hopwood
Visually dreary and not especially illuminating, Duane Hopwood can't quite get where it must have wanted to go.
... this downbeat indie drama gives the leads a few excellent scenes together, and they acquit themselves credibly. But there's also a fair amount of wilted comedy from the stock supporting characters ...
[The film is] suffused with hangdog dreariness, equivalent to a unsoled shoe treading rainwater.
It's just very authentic, very real. Everything that happens here you believe it.
It's a mixed but basically likable little indie picture.
Audience Reviews for Duane Hopwood
It's an indie flick that If I were an actor, would wish every other independent movie would turn out like and would be so worth my time filming in between big money motion picture deals. Such a real performance by David Schwimmer along with an authentic plot that could only be written by someone who has been there and done that. This indie picture is worth it and was a solid effort by everyone involved.
For Fans Of: Miscasts, Drunk Dads, Sad bastards Date Night: No Art Factor: None Fun Factor: Low Emotional Factor: Low Intelligence Required: None Essential Viewing: No I did not have high expectations going into this one. That is a good thing. Schwimmer, of Ross Gellar fame, plays a down on his luck drunken dad. Now, just picture pretty much every cliche you can that should be in this film and apply. The ending, was the only part not a filmed cliche and for that this film earned back a bit of respect from me. David Schwimmer is not a terrible actor, he just isn't a great one and this role really need a better than good one. Judah Friedlander has a small role that is pretty unmemorable as is a pre Office fame John Krasinski. The latter plays an athletic Jersey type guy. Miscast much? Janeane Garofalo does however give one of the better performances of here pretty much non existant career. Direction wise it looks like a well shot hallmark. Nothing flashy, but nothing wrong. That right there knd of sums up the score on this one. Nothing flashy, nothing wrong. Very middling.
DAVID SCHWIMMER, JANEANE GAROFALO, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, JOHN KRASINSKI, STEVE SCHIRRIPA David Schwimmer stars as Duane Hopwood, a down-on-his-luck divorced father who works the night shift as a pit boss at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. Heartsick about the demise of his marriage to Linda (Janeane Garofolo), Duane does nothing much in his daily life but work and drink. When his visitation rights are threatened after he's caught driving while intoxicated with his daughter in the backseat, Duane confronts the realization that the time has come to get his life back on track before he loses everything. There are a lot of mixed reviews on this movie. I happened to like it. I wouldn't say enjoy, cause the movie is depressing and sad. But David Schwimmer is really, really, really good in this movie. He blew me away with his performance. First movie I have ever seen him in, and I will admit I was afraid I couldn't separate him from his character 'Ross' from the t.v. show 'Friends'. But there was no "Ross" in his performance. He was great. It's a very real, raw, and honest movie. Definitely not your feel good type movie. But one that will have you sympathizing with the characters, or even relating to them. The ending is bitter sweet. This story might touch home for a lot of people. It's a well done movie and I hope more people see it.
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