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Bolstered by an outstanding performance from Josh Lucas, The Mend finds fresh insights in a familiar tale of familial dysfunction.
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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.
Sharp dialogue and strong performances tumble around this ill-defined story like shoes in a dryer.
"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.
The Mend finds the truths that bind families together, but it knows that everyone has to hack their own path to get there.
Takes what could have easily been a mundane tale of brotherly dysfunction and turns it into something abstract and electrifying.
Despite the willful worldliness of the high-stakes emotional games, the movie's downbeat street poetry devolves into moody clichés.
It's as if Ingmar Bergman and the Safdie brothers got together to make a movie. However you define it, it's quite wonderful
It's a consistently wonderful, occasionally astonishing, deservedly moving piece of film craft layered on top of a screamingly funny screenplay.
"It is a gloriously entertaining film that gives some terrific actors plenty to gnaw on. And they get unnervingly close to the bone."
The Mend feels raw and real, as though it's remaking the world in front of our eyes. You need to see this movie.
The Mend is a refreshingly genuine film, fueled by infectious energy and the coarsest of humor.
Say this for John Magary's indie drama: You can't predict where it's going from one moment to the next.
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