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      The Event

      R Released Oct 3, 2003 1 hr. 50 min. Drama List
      44% 50 Reviews Tomatometer 52% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Manhattan prosecutor Nick (Parker Posey) is charged with looking into the untimely death of city resident Matt (Don McKellar), a musician who had AIDS. As she questions Matt's loyal family members -- mother Lila (Olympia Dukakis) and sister Dana (Sarah Polley) -- she comes to learn that his closest pal, health-care worker Brian (Brent Carver), is an ardent believer in assisted suicide, and that he threw Matt a big party before his death. This presents a dilemma for humane but dutiful Nick. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Wow. Excellent. Right up there with "Philadelphia" & "And the Band Played On" Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 72% "Everyone has AIDS! AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS!"-Gary Johnston (Trey Parker), TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE Being a gay man...I mean a straight man, I don't catch to many of these types of titles. Nothing horrible and nothing great. "Don't mess with a drag queen!"-Rory Metzler (Rejean J. Cournoyer) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a movie that takes itself entirely too seriously - trying to be very artsy and failing. It's the story of a young man who has AIDS and is dying. Rather than continue with the pain (note takes place in 2000) and putting off the inevitable he chooses to commit suicide but not before throwing a big goodbye party with all of his friends and family. Problem here is this same story was told in "It's My Party" (a 5 star movie) which was done so much better. Parker Posey is just awful in this film and I'm a big fan. Olympia Dukakis saves this clunker from being a 1 star for me. She can make just about anything look good. Don't bother - watch "It's My Party" instead. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Once I figured out what the "mystery" was, I really wanted to like this movie, but it never felt like anything more than cheap exploitation. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Somewhat morbid - having a suicide party inviting all your friends & family, getting drunk, dancing, saying your goodbyes then going into the bedroom and swallowing a cocktail of pills... Still I suppose its better than lying in a hospital bed writhing about in pain for the last few months... The movie had a good story & the humour was there but just seemed a bit forced, could have been directed better - had a good plot with not much punch... Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I had no idea how much I would cry while watching this movie. I was a complete mess. Suicide is such a taboo subject and I'm sure many people don't think its right, but if you were dying and wanted to go on your own terms then I say do it. Its your life and you should be able to do what you want with it. I know that I don't ever want to be left in a vegetable state. The cast was fantastic, but Olympia Dukakis gave such an outstanding performance. When she took matters in her own hands and forced the pills into her sons mouth really got me. If you like to cry, then this movie is for you! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Intelligent, moving, but annoyingly self-satisfied... Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Sheila Norman-Culp Associated Press Uneven yet brave and touching. Jan 23, 2019 Full Review Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune To make a movie in 2003, one that centers around AIDS but ignores the epidemic's current culprit, Africa, and toys melodramatically with scenarios steeped in the filmmakers' selfish nostalgia without any real point, is to ask us not to think at all. Rated: 2/4 Dec 18, 2003 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The superb performances by Olympia Dukakis and Don McKellar are what make this film rise above its limited but well-meaning script. Rated: B- Apr 15, 2008 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall [Deals] with extremely serious themes in a frank, honest and often humorous way. Rated: 4/5 Mar 22, 2004 Full Review Paul Sherman Boston Herald Rated: 1/4 Dec 19, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Manhattan prosecutor Nick (Parker Posey) is charged with looking into the untimely death of city resident Matt (Don McKellar), a musician who had AIDS. As she questions Matt's loyal family members -- mother Lila (Olympia Dukakis) and sister Dana (Sarah Polley) -- she comes to learn that his closest pal, health-care worker Brian (Brent Carver), is an ardent believer in assisted suicide, and that he threw Matt a big party before his death. This presents a dilemma for humane but dutiful Nick.
      Director
      Thom Fitzgerald
      Distributor
      ThinkFilm
      Rating
      R (Language|Some Drug Use|Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 3, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 13, 2019
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $35.5K
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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