The Talent Given Us (2004)

The Talent Given Us

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Critic Consensus: The Talent Given Us is an odd hybrid of reality and fiction, but works due to its engaging characters.


Movie Info

Fact and fiction begin to blur in this comedy drama in which a filmmaker casts his parents, his siblings, and himself in a story loosely adapted from their own lives and personalities. Judy and Allen Wagner (played by Judy Wagner and Allen Wagner) are an elderly couple living in New York City who haven't seen their son, Andrew (Andrew Wagner), in some time. Deciding it's time they paid him a visit, Judy and Allen pack up their van and head out to Los Angeles, where Andrew is trying to make a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
Runtime:

Cast


as Maggie

as Billy

as Housekeeper

as Allen's Doctor

as Doorman

as Andrew's High-School...

as Andrew's High-School...

as Allen's Former Busin...

as Collegiate School's ...

as Collegiate School's ...

as Stock Exchange Guard

as Allen's Stock Exchan...

as Allen's Stock Exchan...

as Allen's Stock Exchan...

as Car Salesman

as Country Market Waitr...

as Breakfast Waitress

as U-Haul Rental Man

as Andrew's Ex-Girlfrie...

as Andrew's Ex-Girlfrie...

as Andrew's Ex-Girlfrie...

as Disgruntled Actor

as VA Hospital Employee

as Hotel Receptionist

as ER Staffer

as ER Staffer

as ER Staffer

as Billy's Friend

as Casino Breakfast Wai...

as Casino Dealer

as Casino Dealer

as Casino Dealer

as Casino Dealer

as Casino Manager

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as Emily's Party Friend

as House Cleaner

as House Cleaner

as Inquiring Student

as School Principal

as Teacher

as Insomnia Cafe Writin...

as Insomnia Cafe Writin...

as Meditation Teacher

as New York Cab Driver

as Collegiate School's ...
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Critic Reviews for The Talent Given Us

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (24)

Faux documentary, home movie or unexpurgated family therapy? The Talent Given Us, a funny, surprising ride with a mercurial New York clan, is all three.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] one-of-a-kind movie that sends the family road-trip genre happily spinning into these self-obsessed, overanalytical times; it's National Lampoon's Vacation as re-imagined by Dr. Phil.

October 13, 2005
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

The notion that there is no escape from one's family is elevated-and ameliorated-by the inkling that the Wagners' story is, in fact, real.

October 13, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

Ultimately, the movie isn't as strong as the idea behind the movie, or the people inside that idea.

October 7, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

What initially seems hard to watch, even excruciating at times, becomes hard not to, a fascinating fiction that seems to be more real than just about any actual documentary you can imagine.

October 7, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

If you enjoy HBO's cult hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this bawdy, heartbreaking, deeply discomfiting mockumentary.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Talent Given Us

From my perspective, to become interested in the movie, you have to be interested in the characters... There was really nothing about the characters I wanted to become interested in...

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