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      Fairhaven

      Released Jan 11, 2013 1 hr. 21 min. Comedy Drama List
      47% 19 Reviews Tomatometer 31% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Three longtime friends (Tom O'Brien, Chris Messina, Rich Sommer) reunite for a funeral and come to a realization about their lives. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 16 Rent Now

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      Audience Member Not bad, not great. Familiar storyline, decent acting, nothing ground breaking. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member One sentence summary: Skip this film unless you like self-important feel bad comedies. Jon, a former high school football star returns home to the small fishing village of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He was an arrogant, useless jerk in high school, and returns a failed, arrogant, useless jerk. We start with layer upon layer of cliché. Will there be any evolution, or is this just another fouled up, self-regarding 'feel bad comedy'? Dave is back from Arizona to talk to old friends and catch up with his mother. Jon is trying to get into something new, perhaps writing. He arranges to quit his fishing job as soon as he can find a replacement. He's in two kinds of therapy. The obligatory drunken barroom and getting high scenes are just as boring as one might expect. Jon, Dave, and Sam are not any better at it than any one else. Sam has stayed in Fairhaven (as opposed to Jon and Dave), has gotten married, had a daughter, got a divorce, and dealt with the break up. Nobody seems to be any happier than anyone else. The funeral for Dave's father was nicely awkward. The ending was flat, rather like the rest of the film. Scores Cinematography: 10/10 Exceptionally lovely shooting, especially the exteriors. Depth of field is shallow for the interiors to isolate the character to focus on, showing a nice level of control. Framing and color saturation are great. Sound: 8/10 Occasionally the music was blaring. Acting: 4/10 The performances are all too often from the 'smile, show how cool you are' school of non-involvement. Boring, non-engaging. Screenplay: 4/10 Stupid premise, bad execution, boring; not aided by immature actors. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Pot smoking and bro angst. Boring and self-indulgent. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Glad it was an iTunes $.99 rental because I couldn't even get halfway through, it was so bad. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairhaven was brilliantly acted, unpredictable, and leaves you wishes you had more opportunity to follow the characters. Highly recommended! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member just nice, nothing more Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt. Rated: B+ Jan 16, 2013 Full Review Lou Lumenick New York Post The clich-infested script ... is long on booze-filled confessions. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 11, 2013 Full Review Joe Leydon Variety While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence. Jan 10, 2013 Full Review Neely Swanson Easy Reader (California) [Director Tom] O'Brien never quite finds a focus around which to center the longing that all three boys/men feel. Sep 18, 2017 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault The movie feels intimate and therapy-bound yet aesthetically remote. Rated: D Jul 14, 2015 Full Review Tony Macklin tonymacklin.net It's difficult to dislike Fairhaven, because it is a promising, earnest effort. Rated: 2.0/5 Jan 30, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Three longtime friends (Tom O'Brien, Chris Messina, Rich Sommer) reunite for a funeral and come to a realization about their lives.
      Director
      Tom O'Brien
      Executive Producer
      Darren Goldberg, Chris Messina, Dennis O'Neill, Chris Marsh
      Screenwriter
      Tom O'Brien, Chris Messina
      Production Co
      Atlantic Pictures, Beacon Films
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 11, 2013, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 16, 2014
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