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      A Long Way Down

      2014, Comedy/Drama, 1h 36m

      52 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Tonally jumbled and conceptually ill-advised, A Long Way Down bungles its source material and wastes a talented cast. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Four strangers who planned to jump off the same roof on New Year's Eve join together as a kind of family and give themselves six weeks to find valid reasons to live.

      • Rating: R (Language)

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Pascal Chaumeil

      • Producer: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

      • Writer: Jack Thorne

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $13.1K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

      • Production Co: Film4, Wildgaze Films, DCM Productions, BBC Films

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      • Jan 14, 2018

        Not as funny or exceptional as the book but with good actors and its heart in the right place. Still, especially the beginning is awfully rushed, giving those four characters no good reason to get acquainted with each other. Things improve from there but this still could have been so much deeper, funnier and more touching.

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      • Jul 15, 2015

        Sets up an interesting premise then spends the next hour wondering what to do with it only to give up and follow the cliche handbook.

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      • Mar 14, 2015

        Wasting a talented cast on a terribly coincidental plot that never works for a second is a damn shame. Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots all lead this film as four strangers meet on a rooftop on New Years Eve. As they all share different reasons for wanting to kill themselves, they decide to make a pact to wait and see if they still want to on Valentine's Day. The plot is ridiculous enough for one person, even two, but four? This outlandish and risky topic is turned into a tonally weird film that is both supposed to be taken seriously, while also trying to be funny. It never really reaches either mark, and it left me more puzzled than anything by the end. This film didn't even work as a showcase for these actors, because the script is so simply written that I did not care what they were saying. Giving backstories of each character set after the main events of this film was a very odd decision, as you kind of started to see exactly what was going to happen to everyone before it actually did. In the end, "A Long Way Down" is a tonally jumbled film with a great cast. I still do not really comprehend the message it was trying to send out, and for that, I strongly disliked this film. I do not recommend whatsoever.

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      • Dec 21, 2014

        Really quite lovely. I didn't like Nick Hornby's book due to its multiple narrators schtick, but the cinematic treatment only switches once per character and at very opportune spots too so that each person's reasons for committing suicide is evenly plotted out. The scene stealer for me was Imogen Poots, an ingénue with an unfortunate name but a face that is jubilant one second and numbly crestfallen the next. I love that scene when Jess comes out of the hospital in her open-backed gown - all cheeky bravado (literally and figuratively), striking a rockstar pose, then all hot, snotty, mascara-streaked mess as she tries to explain away her accidental overdose. Toni Collette is also brilliantly reserved and makes maternal instinct look like a matter of course. Pierce Brosnan - not usually lauded for his acting - plays the aging playboy with sleaze yet gravitas. Martin's monologue about feeling humiliated felt both emotionally and physically painful, as reflected in Brosnan's taut jaw and gritted teeth. Aaron Paul is Aaron Paul - intense, swaggery, serviceable.

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