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Dark Horse

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Dark Horse

Todd Solondz (2011)

85min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Despite an interesting and eclectic cast, its unlikely that anyone other than fans of Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness) will be satisfied by this offering from the taboo-breaking American indie director. Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a lonely, nerdish man-child who lives with his mother (Mia Farrow) and father (Christopher Walken), who's also his boss. Miranda (Selma Blair) is a medicated prisoner of childhood also living back at home, the victim of her own mysterious self-destructive past. They meet, Abe proposes, and after a sudden courtship Miranda begins to think: "Well, why not?" What follows is a dry, deadpan comedy, grimly shot in cheap video hues in not-so-well-to-do New York backwaters, that has everything but laughs. The characters run the gamut from near-comatose to shrill, all of them awful, and what seems to aspire to being a modern comedy of manners is simply a mean-spirited satire on such close but paradoxically unloving families.

Summary

A socially inept man still lives with his parents, and blames them for his failings. Desperate to turn his life around, he spontaneously asks a stranger to marry him. However, her acceptance leaves him terrified of an uncertain future, and he retreats into a bizarre fantasy world. Drama, starring Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow.

Cast & Crew

Abe Jordan Gelber
Miranda (formerly "Vi") Selma Blair
Richard Justin Bartha
Phyllis Mia Farrow
Marie Donna Murphy
Jackie Christopher Walken
Justin Zachary Booth
Mahmoud Aasif Mandvi
Jiminy Tyler Maynard
Lori Mary Joy
Arnie Peter McRobbie
Director Todd Solondz
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Axiom Films Guidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 29 Jun 2012

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