King of the Corner (2005)



Critic Consensus: Riegert makes this low-key, rueful comedy about mid-life angst appealing.

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A man looking for a new purpose in his life finds one that last place he expected in this comedy. Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is a man slowly sinking into the quicksand of a midlife crisis. He's become increasingly unsatisfied with his career in product testing, especially now that his young assistant Ed (Jake Hoffman) has taken to stealing his ideas and passing them on to his boss as his own work. Leo's marriage to Rachel (Isabella Rossellini) is not what it once was, especially now that she's shifted into a constant state of near-hysteria over their daughter, Elena (Ashley Johnson), and her budding romance with an aspiring juvenile delinquent. And Leo is spending every other weekend with his aging father, Sol (Eli Wallach), who has lost his will to live but uncooperatively won't die. As Leo puzzles over his path in life, he finds some very unexpected answers when he makes the acquaintance of Evelyn Fink (Eric Bogosian), a "freelance Rabbi" with some unusual spiritual advice. King of the Corner was directed and co-written by leading man Riegert; the screenplay was adapted from stories in the collection Bad Jews by Gerald Shapiro.
R (for some language and sexual references.)
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Peter Riegert
as Leo Spivak
Isabella Rossellini
as Rachel Spivak
Eric Bogosian
as Rabbi Evelyn Fink
Dominic Chianese
as Stan Marshack
Peter Friedman
as Arthur Wexler
Judy Reyes
as Nurse Kathleen Delehant
Eli Wallach
as Sol Spivak
Jake Hoffman
as Ed Shifman
Harris Yulin
as Pete Hargrove
Ashley Johnson
as Elena Spivak
Frank Wood
as Anthony Berenson
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Critic Reviews for King of the Corner

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (23)

As a portrait of an average guy who makes average mistakes, it conveys wit and wisdom without leaning too heavily on schmaltz.

February 10, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Although it's not a flashy debut, Riegert demonstrates an unfailing generosity toward his fellow actors that takes him far.

September 30, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is perilously close to a vanity film, but since the star has always seemed like one of the least vain guys in the business, maybe he deserves to go on a bender.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Although Riegert, who has here assembled a first-rate cast, clearly has a good touch with actors, his handling of the awkward material reveals his directorial inexperience.

August 31, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Mr. Riegert has assembled a capable cast with too little to do or say in this dry, crumbly, barely nourishing tale of intergenerational woe.

August 26, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for King of the Corner

(***): [img][/img] A very strong cast and an interesting screenplay kept me going with it.


Moments of this film reminded me of Alexander Payne's great library of male dysfunction -- "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways" -- not because King of the Corner actually reaches Payne's plane, but because I wish it had tried.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

[font=Arial][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [font=Arial Black][font=Arial Black]An utter waste of time. Didn't elicit a single laugh from someone who laughs easily. Whatever redeeming merit critics saw in this fiasco raises questions about their sanity. And I am being kind....[/font]:rotten::rotten::rotten::rotten::rotten: [/font]

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