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The Mend (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Bolstered by an outstanding performance from Josh Lucas, The Mend finds fresh insights in a familiar tale of familial dysfunction.

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Routinely estranged brothers Mat (Josh Lucas) and Alan (Stephen Plunkett) are equally unhappy, but the former embraces chaos and rudeness while the latter conceals his discontent. With both their lives on a downhill slide, Mat and Alan are temporarily reunited as roommates, uneasily sharing a Harlem apartment. Judd Greenstein and Michi Wiancko's bracingly modernist score sets the tone for this Arnaud Desplechin-esque study of shared familial dysfunction, brimming with smart, hostile talk aggressively filmed by writer-director John Magary.

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Cast

Lucy Owen
as Andrea
Todd Stone
as Russell
David Cole
as Neighbor
Desmin Borges
as TV Salesman
Lusia Strus
as Beatrice
JD Taylor
as Production Assistant
Lana T. Yang
as Coffee Shop Waiter
Fana Brown
as Barista
Gretchen Snyder
as Coffee Shop Patron
Kurt Grube
as Coffee Shop Patron
Bryan Keung
as Coffee Shop Patron
Lola Noble
as Coffee Shop Patron
Arielle Grinshpan
as Coffee Shop Patron
Susan O'Doherty
as Woman on Train Platform
Alex Sapozhnik
as Dive Bar Patron
Lulu Hughes
as Dive Bar Patron
Martina DeTruff
as Dive Bar Patron
Kelly Webb
as Dive Bar Patron
Shariq Siddiqui
as Yelling Man
Gabriella Thompson
as Park Partygoer
Norma Krieger
as Park Partygoer
Melinda Souare
as Office Worker
Keith Lindsay
as Office Worker
Eric Jeudy
as Office Worker
Rin Olsson
as Office Worker
Abu Yousry
as Coffee Shop Patron
Sandra Contreras de Fontanes
as Coffee Shop Patron
Karin Fagerblom
as Dancer at Party
Kiran Rhe
as Dancer at Party
Anais Fifer
as Dancer at Party
Claire Cuny
as Partygoer
Delaina Waldron
as Partygoer
Hardy Calderon
as Partygoer
Thibault Dumont
as Partygoer
Rodrigo Meireles
as Couple and Baby
Niki Rubin
as Couple and Baby
Gaia Meireles
as Couple and Baby
Eugene Walker
as Electronics Customer
Deborah Grausman
as Film Actor
Roscoe Flossenpooper
as Film Director
Jessica May
as Film Crew
Valerie Sherman
as Film Crew
Astrid Chapman
as Film Crew
Raymond Nat Turner
as Autograph Seeker
Markus Kirschner
as Embracers on Subway
Peter Smith
as Embracers on Subway
Bree Perry
as Passenger in Car
Lyon Taylor
as Fighting Men
Adam Engelhard
as Fighting Men
Jamaul Aziz
as Deli Patron
Nicholas Arroyo
as Deli Patron
Durell Charles
as Deli Patron
Charles Coleman
as Patron in Front of Bar
Bras Dobane
as Menthol Man
Jared Mills
as Friend of Cigarette Man
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"The Mend" meanders from situation to situation, turning itself in the process into a wallow of dysfunction. And a claustrophobic wallow at that.

September 10, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Sharp dialogue and strong performances tumble around this ill-defined story like shoes in a dryer.

September 10, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Mend," about a pair of oil-and-water brothers in free fall, is by turns opaque, harsh, self-aware, indulgent and wickedly funny. It's never dull, pummeling you with its prickly smarts.

August 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The Mend finds the truths that bind families together, but it knows that everyone has to hack their own path to get there.

August 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Takes what could have easily been a mundane tale of brotherly dysfunction and turns it into something abstract and electrifying.

August 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite the willful worldliness of the high-stakes emotional games, the movie's downbeat street poetry devolves into moody clichés.

August 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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