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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2012)

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch non-conformism leads him to teenage mistakes that are hard to undo. He refuses to go to college, after being accepted at Brown, and is interested in nothing - barring visits to his enigmatic, free-spirited grandmother Nanette, played by Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, the only one who seems to understand just how lost a restless 17-year-old can feel while trying to find himself in a confusing world. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Lucy Liu
as Rowena
Aubrey Plaza
as Jeanine Breemer
Stephen Lang
as Barry Rogers
Olek Krupa
as Henryk Maria
Siobhan Fallon
as Mrs. Breemer
Brooke Schlosser
as Sue Kenney
Kate Kiley
as Mrs. Wright
Dieter Riesle
as Man Visitor
Rainer Judd
as Woman Visitor
Amelia Workman
as Young Woman
Peter Kim
as Funeral Waiter
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This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist.

October 8, 2012 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Several kinds of excruciating.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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It might actually make audiences understand the urge to bully.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
AV Club
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These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them.

October 2, 2012 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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The film is a pleasant watch, filled with nice little moments of comedy and tenderness, and optimistic about the fate of dreamers who happen to be a little slow out of the starting gate.

March 8, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
Miami Herald
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