Rudderless

Rudderless

William H Macy (2014)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A former advertising executive (Billy Crudup) devastated by the death of his son finds a way to heal when he discovers music demos in the boy's room, which he decides to learn. Shameless star William H Macy's first stab at directing a feature feels manipulative at times, forcing emotionally charged subject matter into the narrative when a gentler approach would have been more effective. Nevertheless, the cast all succeed in creating a group of likeable and believable characters. Crudup's journey is endearing, even more so when he forms a charming bond with local musician Quentin (Anton Yelchin), who encourages him to perform. However, the steady build-up is derailed by a late revelation that feels unnecessarily traumatic and more likely to draw a groan rather than a gasp. While melodrama weighs down what could have been an excellent story, fine performances and catchy music compensate and deliver an enjoyable tale of personal redemption.

Summary

Premiere. A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis. Comedy directed by William H. Macy, starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Huffman.

Cast & Crew

Sam Manning Billy Crudup
Quentin Anton Yelchin
Kate Selena Gomez
Del Laurence Fishburne
Emily Felicity Huffman
Lisa Martin Jamie Chung
Trill proprietor William H Macy
Josh MIles Heizer
Casey Casey Twenter
Jacob Taylor (aka Dorm Dude) David Adam Flannery
Director William H Macy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing
Comedy