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Norman (2011)

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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Cast

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

October 25, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

October 21, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 20, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4

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.

October 20, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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