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The Master (2012)

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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
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Sarah Shoshana David ...
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Matt Hering ...
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Patrick Wilder ...
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Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. Written by Alan Young, edit Hal Issen

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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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21 September 2012 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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$736,311 (USA) (16 September 2012)

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$16,377,274 (USA)
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Reese Witherspoon was originally approached to play Peggy Dodd, but turned the role that later went to Amy Adams. However, Witherspoon would go on to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film Inherent Vice (2014) (See Inherent Vice (2014)) See more »

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The catch wiring on the side of the ship when the men were relaxing they didn't match 1950 ships. They were made of some kind of synthetic wiring. That technology wasn't available at that time frame. Even today they still use metal wiring on those things. See more »

Quotes

Lancaster Dodd: Are you unpredictable?
[Freddie farts and starts laughing]
Lancaster Dodd: Silly. Silly animal.
Freddie Quell: I couldn't help it. I'm sorry.
Lancaster Dodd: It's good to laugh during processing. Sometimes we forget. Even if it is at the sound of an animal.
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References Baraka (1992) See more »

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Children of the Family
Written and Performed by Eban Schletter
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Most disappointing film of the year
17 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know, everyone is gushing about this movie. That, on top of the fact that I am a PT Anderson fan (Magnolia, for one, is probably a top 10 favorite of mine), is what made this so disappointing.

First, the good. Amy Adams does very well in a supporting role. The whole thing is beautifully filmed, and I liked the music as well. I thought it captured the feel of the time period very well.

On to the bad (of which there is substantially more, in my view). I'll start with the plot. There is almost none, and the movie has no hook. It never made me forget I was sitting in a movie theater. Its pace is maddeningly slow, and it is too long. A good portion of the film is spent watching Phoenix walk back and forth between a window and a wall for reasons that remain rather opaque. Yes, it's that kind of movie.

I didn't care at all about Phoenix's character or Hoffman's, and despite the rave reviews, I think neither actor brought their A-game to this one. Their characters were one dimensional, unsympathetic, and unrelatable. They didn't feel like real people. They don't really change much over the course of the movie.

What irked me most, though, was that the movie really didn't have anything to say. It had no real insights into anything. It didn't make me think or challenge my mind in any way.

When a movie fails to make me think or feel, as this one did, I can't help but regret spending money on it.


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