Expired (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Heartwarming and acidic in turns, this offbeat dramedy about two meter maids in love features solid performances from Samantha Morton and Jason Patric.

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A sheltered meter maid and her disturbed fellow parking enforcer discover that love can bloom even while working in a job that most folks despise in this unflinching look at modern love starring Samantha Morton and Jason Patric. Hypersensitive Claire (Morton) spends her days doling out parking tickets, and her nights caring for her ailing mother (Teri Garr). Jay (Patric) is a highly intelligent parking enforcement officer whose bitterness over squandered opportunities has grown to border on sociopathic. When this unlikely pair first begins to realize they may be headed for something more than friendship, guarded Claire tenuously dips her toes in to test the water as emotionally stunted Jay dives in headfirst. While Claire and Jay both possess a paralyzing fear of commitment, it's the hopelessly disparate way that both set about dealing with their mutual discomfort that shows just how excruciating love can truly be under the wrong circumstances.
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NR
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Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Samantha Morton
as Claire Barney
Jason Patric
as Jay Caswell
Teri Garr
as Mother Barney/Aunt Tilde
Joe Camareno
as Stephen
Ron King
as Ex-Boyfriend Donald
Johny Mack
as Jay's Son
Anthony Jon Crane
as Blue Car Owner
Jonny Mack
as Jay's Son
Gina St. John
as Woman with Expired Meter
Rolando Molina
as Meters Money Collector
Carlease Burke
as Supervisor at Roll Call
Kyle Hatch
as Pedestrian
Kestrin Pantera
as Woman with Baby
Adam Gropman
as Green Car Owner
James C. Burns
as Red SUV Owner
Hans Uder
as Driver
Michele Maso
as Driver
Isaac Bright
as Kid Putting Money in Meters
Darci Dixon
as Waitress at Coffee Shop
Arnold Abelson
as Build-It-Yourself Show Host
Del Zamora
as Photographer
Roberta E. Bassin
as Waitress at Diner
Leticia Peredo
as Stephen's Wife
Baba Ji
as Wilma's Fiance
Mary Linda Phillips
as Martha & Stewart Food Show
Paul Palo
as Martha & Stewart Food Show
David Adams
as Boot Truck Driver
Joanne Baron
as Supervisor
David Garland Pires
as Angry Man with Groceries
Tony Rivard
as Karaoke Singer
William S. Campos
as Karaoke Operator
Charles Kim
as White Car Owner
Bruce Bermudez
as Party Band Member
Floyd Van Buskirk
as Party Band Member
Pamela Clay
as Party Band Member
Scott S. McClain
as Party Band Member
Laura Davis
as Romantic Woman
Jason Batten
as Romantic Man
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Critic Reviews for Expired

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

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Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Death and regret hang over the film palpably, and Miniucchi's willingness to put her characters through disaster and humiliation while still plainly empathizing with them is what keeps the film surprising and its characters winning, in spite of themselves

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Expired pretends to be a valentine to society's outcasts, but it's just one more indie comedy that mocks its characters while sucking up to its knowing audience.

June 26, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

One of those Sundance "comedies" that make you contemplate slitting your wrists.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

The performances are expert, but can't make up for a flat script and direction.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The funny, sad, offbeat, sometimes off-the-beat romance Expired is one of those precariously balanced movies that might fall to pieces with a different cast.

June 19, 2008
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Expired

(** 1/2): Thumbs Down Jason Patric gives a very interesting performance here but you truly can only take so much of it. An off-beat film that I feel is a near-miss for me.

TTT C
TTT C

In "Expired," Claire(Samantha Morton) takes care of her invalid mother(Teri Garr) while working as a meter maid. That job has its share of dangers like arguments with drivers, awkward encounters with ex-boyfriends and being hit by cars. After recuperating from one such accident, she meets Jay(Jason Patric), a co-worker who takes a much more agressive stance towards the job. That does not stop him from having his own awkward encounter with his estranged son(Jonny Mack) who is about to have his CD released and whom he tickets, anyway. But then they will let anybody on MTV these days. Samantha Morton proved years ago that she can personally elevate any movie she is in, especially the mostly abominable "Minority Report." And that's also true with the otherwise unremarkable "Expired," that feels a little incomplete, to which she excels against the one-note performance of Jason Patric. In a switch, Claire is nowhere near as lonely as she might seem while Jay relies on phone sex and pornography for most of his interpersonal relations. That having been said, the movie's message is being kind can make the world a better place. Don't get me wrong. It's a worthy thought but strange coming from a movie about characters doling out parking tickets.(Apparently, you only get ticketed when you are about to return to your car.) As much as not ticketing somebody may be considered a good deed, remember that the money collected does go to the public good.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

Independent Romance-Drama/Comedy written and directed by Cecilia Miniucchi. Good writing and directing for the most part, good cinematography as well. Good performances by Samantha Morton, Jason Patric ["The Lost Boys", "The Losers"], Teri Garr, and Illeana Douglas ["Cape Fear", "Stir of Echoes"]. The ticket-giving scenes were very realistic, they reminded me of the reality show "Parking Wars". I found the dynamic between the two lead characters very interesting and weird, at some points it reminded me of the independent film "Secretary". Claire [played by Samantha Morton] is an abnormally pleasant passive aggressive lonely woman with low self-esteem and Jay [played by Jason Patric] is a serious asshole, both of them seem to be suffering from personality disorders. I spent most of the movie waiting for her to curse him out, it's sad to know that there are women out there with such a lack of self love or value. There are some scenes that provide some insight into Jay's alleged narcissistic personality disorder and you can tell he actually has lower self esteem than Claire based upon the way he takes out his frustrations with his own failures on people. The two share the occasional sweet moment even though Jay can't seem to just be a nice human-being for a prolonged amount of time, if they ever make a sequel they'll probably show him seeing a shrink. The title of the movie is not just a play on words referring to parking meters expiring, it's also a metaphor for life and how so many people waste their potential and end up expiring before they can make something of themselves. It's about love and how some people never find it, and about the people who do find love...but the wrong kind of love. Overall I found this to be a very compelling film despite some deficiencies, it's definitely worth a second watch.

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