The Benefactor (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Benefactor has Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning, but no clear idea of what to do with either of them, resulting in a drama that never comes anywhere near its intriguing potential.
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Critic Reviews for The Benefactor
"A compelling portrait of a man on the verge.... Suffers from a sense of rigidity that somehow both fits its themes and stymies a greater sense of realism."
If the conclusion is a little too sunny, that's a small flaw in an otherwise compelling film about the hazards of trying to buy emotional connection.
As a memorable work of cinema, it misses every important mark by a mile.
Gere, an actor capable of great nuance, hams it up so mightily you'd think the film was sponsored by Boar's Head.
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Underwhelming. Literally nothing really happens in this movie. Spoilers ahead. A now older man has memories of the two friends he had who died in an accident he caused. Always fond of their teenage daughter, when she re enters his life as a young married and pregnant woman, he tries to assist them financially while his own drug dependence slowly become a worsening problem. That's it. Nothing drastic happens. No one is not what they seem. Dakota is barely in it. The wife had has her baby and the old man gets help. There no need to watch this now.
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