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Youth in Oregon (2017)

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When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. But when another family emergency arises, Raymond's daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Billy Crudup) for a little help. So Brian reluctantly volunteers to drive the cantankerous Raymond and his wine-loving wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) three thousand miles to Oregon. Determined to change the old man's mind before they reach the Beaver State, it becomes quickly apparent to Brian that convincing your father-in-law to keep living when he's ready to check out is no simple task.

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Cast

Frank Langella
as Raymond Engersol
Billy Crudup
as Brian Gleason
Christina Applegate
as Kate Gleason
Nicola Peltz
as Annie Gleason
Alex Shaffer
as Nick Gleason
Mary Kay Place
as Estelle Engersol
Josh Lucas
as Danny Engersol
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The terrific cast is well worth watching, but everything else about this wayward movie mistake leaves you feeling just awful.

February 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Oregon is more than a bittersweet look at a man deciding to end his life before he's too invalid to have a say in the matter: It's a study of how plain ol' stubbornness can keep a family forever brimming with dysfunction.

February 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Is this all well-acted? It certainly is, especially by Langella. But all things being equal, I'd prefer to see him in a revival of The Man Who Came To Dinner.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A depressing slog that could have been so much more, "Youth in Oregon" suggests that loving someone gives us the right to override their decisions.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Langella's tightly controlled stillness makes Ray's tantrums far less potent than the grim stoicism with which he faces his physical indignities, and his quiet domination of a family that's barely holding it together.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…
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Moore is primarily known as an actor but this is the third feature he's directed, and he proves surprisingly unable to get layered performances out of some great actors.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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