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Full Grown Men (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Just as its protagonist is stuck between childhood and adulthood, Full Grown Men waivers uncomfortably between comedy and drama, lacking the discipline to commit to either one.

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The youthful delusions of a wistful husband and father prompt him to seek out a childhood friend and embark on a soul-searching journey of self discovery to the one place where no adult demands will be made of him in director David Munro's surreal second coming-of-age comedy. Alby (Matt McGrath) is having an early midlife crisis. Convinced that the only way to overcome his current malaise is to seek out his childhood pal Elias (Judah Friedlander) and set out on the open road, Alby leaves behind his wife and son in hopes of recapturing the glory of his youth. Unfortunately for Alby, Elias is all grown up now, and isn't exactly overjoyed to see the "best friend" whose rosy vision of childhood largely came from the fact that he made Elias the unwitting butt of his every joke. When Alby learns that Elias is taking a group of disabled drama students on a trip to the local amusement park, Elias has no choice but to let his pushy pal come along for the ride. What follows is a pensively hilarious look life as seen through the eyes of a man who can't seem to move past his youth, and the effect that a student-clown bartender (Amy Sedaris), a disgruntled former amusement park employee (Alan Cumming), a retired water-park mermaid (Debbie Harry), and a whole host of colorful characters have in helping Alby to bridge the gap between the glory days of his past and an uncertain future.

Cast

Matt McGrath
as Alby Cutrera
Judah Friedlander
as Elias Guber
Alan Cumming
as Hitchhiker
Jerry Grayson
as Mr. Tinsman
Joie Lee
as Annie
Nadia Nardini
as Mrs. Cutrera
Katie Kreisler
as Suzanne Cutrera
Richard Lozano
as Josh Cutrera
Steven Lozano
as Josh Cutrera
Jim Fyfe
as Night Manager
Christopher Swan
as Paddle Boy
Amy London
as Waitress
Lindsay Ryan
as Cashier
Roy Eudon
as Highway Patrolman
Carl Castleton
as Tricyclist No.1
Dulce Castleton
as Tricyclist No.2
Coman Munroe
as Man in Elevator
David Ilku
as Pool Man
Lorraine Munroe
as Award Presenter
Darwin Sealy
as Bus Driver
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

Full Grown Men doesn't even make childhood seem like all that much fun.

August 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Full Grown Men is an artistically integrated film that introduces a refreshing new talent to the independent scene, one who combines the visual palette of filmmaker Harmony Korine with an all-important sense of narrative.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Friedlander offers a nicely subtle performance, but the other actors -- including Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry and Amy Sedaris -- appear to have turned up as a favor to the director. Don't feel obliged to follow their lead.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Full Grown Men often becomes as intolerably silly as the twee Amerindies it's reacting to.

June 26, 2008 | Rating: C+
AV Club
Top Critic

Wears a bit thin even at its brief length.

June 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Grown Men is nicely photographed and has impressive sets; too bad there's so little going on that it seems long even at 78 minutes.

June 25, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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