God's Pocket

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God's Pocket

John Slattery (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Life in a 1980s blue-collar Philadelphia neighbourhood is the focus of this haphazard black comedy drama, based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Pete Dexter and featuring one of the last ever performances by the ill-fated Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sadly, he's the best thing about it, playing Mickey, a mob-connected gambler and petty criminal whose obnoxious stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed on a construction site. The crew says it was an accident but Mickey's wife Jeanie (an underused Christina Hendricks) isn't so sure, and drives Mickey to play amateur detective. Disappointingly, this isn't the only strand of Mad Men star John Slattery's directorial debut, which also includes a woefully unsuccessful framing device featuring a drunken local newspaper columnist (Richard Jenkins) making moves on the traumatised Jeanie. Add a crooked florist, an Irish funeral director, some dire dark humour involving Leon's corpse and the whole is a fitfully amusing Our Town that struggles to come to any kind of meaningful conclusion.


A construction worker believes his life will be simpler following the death of his troublemaking stepson. However, he finds things go from bad to worse as his relationship with his wife deteriorates and a reporter grows suspicious about the tragedy. Drama based on Peter Dexter's novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro.

Cast & Crew

Mickey Scarpato Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jeanie Scarpato Christina Hendricks
Richard Shellburn Richard Jenkins
Arthur "Bird" Capezio John Turturro
Coleman Peets Glenn Fleshler
Leon Hubbard Caleb Landry Jones
Smilin' Jack Moran Eddie Marsan
Sal Cappi Domenick Lombardozzi
Mole Ferrell Jack O'Connell (1)
McKenna Peter Gerety
Joanie Molly Price
Director John Slattery
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow Film Distributors LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Aug 2014