Dark Horse

  • 15
  • Todd Solondz (2011)
  • US
  • 85 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Todd Solondz

Other Information

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