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Norman (2011)



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Norman tells the story of Norman Long (Dan Byrd), a self-aware and darkly funny teen who is trying to handle his daily high school existence. An unexpected set of life-changing circumstances turns his world upside down and then ultimately right side up as he meets the magnetic Emily (Emily VanCamp). With love, humility and a heavy dose of truth, he emerges to face challenges not meant for a boy his age.

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Dan Byrd
as Norman Long
Emily VanCamp
as Emily Harris
Richard Jenkins
as Doug Long
Adam Goldberg
as Mr. Angelo
Camille Mana
as Helen Black

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Critic Reviews for Norman

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Byrd and Jenkins earn the film its critical points, but the screenplay has too many moments that feel network-TV-bland.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There's something sweet about Jonathan Segal's modest high school drama, "Norman," despite the contrivances of its protagonist's predicament and its stacking of the emotional deck.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

There's a winning emotional truth in the father-son scenes in this Spokane-shot sleeper, directed with skill and sensitivity by Jonathan Segal.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

For first-time screenwriter Wingate and Segal, in only his second feature (2004's "The Last Run), it's impressive work - they never overplay the pity card, opting for insight into the complexities of growing up instead.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The director, Jonathan Segal, skillfully builds on the tension that this situation creates, though he can't quite make Wingate's ending click. Still, Segal is so good with his actors that you may not mind.

October 20, 2011
Seattle Times
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Perhaps there was a disjuncture between director Jonathan Segal and screenwriter Talton Wingate, or the two first-timers didn't realize how difficult their movie-world premise makes it to take anything else in the film seriously.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Norman

Great acting carries this film that takes on a situation that unfortunately happens/ed in real life. Cancer still sucks...

Kazuo Semitsu
Kazuo Semitsu

While I enjoyed the sweet nature of the love between Normand and Emily I found the story a little bit perverted. A kid that pretends to have terminal cancer while his father dies from the disease is sick.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

...I don't know about this one. To be honest, what turned me off about this one was that I did not like the main character. I didn't know what his motivations were for his actions, especially when he says he has cancer. I had no idea why he did that. It kind of came out of nowhere. Dan Byrd was fine, especially when he finally confronts his problems, I just didn't like the way the character was written. Emily VanCamp was cute and charming, but there wasn't really much more to go on. Richard Jenkins pretty much saves this one. I thought his performance was heartbreaking and honest. What really did this one for me was it's attempt to be darkly funny. It was the style of humor that was spot on in 50/50, but here was just plain dark and uncomfortable. Personally, I think this is one to skip.

Jillian Leff
Jillian Leff

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