The Brass Teapot (2013)

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The Brass Teapot is a modern fable about money and the meaning of the American dream. Based on the comic book, The Brass Teapot is a feature film about John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), who live in small down America. They are in their 20's, married, very much in love and broke. Once voted "Most Likely to Succeed," Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn't long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes. The Brass Teapot is a magical comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. (c) Magnolia
Rating:
R (for violence, some sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Juno Temple
as Alice
Alexis Bledel
as Payton
Alia Shawkat
as Louise
Debra Monk
as Trudy
Stephen Park
as Dr. Ling
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Critic Reviews for The Brass Teapot

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

A comic fable that squanders its twisted-fairy-tale concept.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
New York Times
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Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
New York Post
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Without a human dimension to ground its construct, "The Brass Teapot" ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Ms. Mosley, who directed from a screenplay by Tim Macy, struggles to fill her debut feature with a slender notion, but the premise defeats her, even if the story operates at the outset on the pleasure principle.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Wall Street Journal
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The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
NPR
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There's not much depth to Mosley's debut, which is based on a short story by Tim Macy. But Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are an appealing pair as John and Alice, struggling suburbanites.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Brass Teapot

Quite an original and interesting idea for a movie. Enjoyed this. The two leads are well cast and likable, and they would want to be as it is borderline disturbing in places watching them beat the crap out of each other. Really sounds crappy on paper - magical tea pot dispenses money for pain, but somehow it does work.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Rather enjoyable. Fun to imagine...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

No Pain. No Gain. Good Film! The Brass Teapot is yet another film that exercises its unalienable right to be an enthusiastically quirky gem of an indie film. My definition of "enthusiastically quirky" will likely be different than yours, as mine concerns a premise that needed to take a considerable amount of time to develop and an even larger amount of work in order to sustain feature-length. The Brass Teapot was a fine gamble. It has heart, wit, intelligence, and humor almost bursting from its seams. Mark it down as yet another quirky film for the year of 2013, but put it in the category of quirky films that work efficiently. Based on the comic book series "The Brass Teapot" about mid-twenty year old couple who, in these difficult economic times, finds a mysterious, magical brass teapot which makes them money but at a surprising price. After realizing the teapots powers, John and Alice must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dream.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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