Let Go (2011)
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Kevin Hart was neutered. Simon Helberg played a caricature of a two dimensional thug. If he's worried about being remembered as Howard Walowitz, he should be glad if he is remembered as Howard Walowitz.
I couldn't tell if Ed Asner had had a stroke or if his character had dementia. Either way, it was a great loss.
Minor embarrassments turn into mediocre epiphanies.
Buy this movie today for someone that you really don't like.
I know that with people in the cast like Ed Asner, Kevin Hart, Dov Davidoff, Garrett Morris, Jack Carter, Rance Howard you'd expect a laugh a minute but instead you end up watching a sweet moving movie about people in situations that you have to laugh to keep from crying. This was a tragic comedy doing a high wire act between tragedy and comedy. Brian Jett did a great job with 4 strong characters, each with their own character arc, their own issues and their own way to resolving them. This is a comedy but not for the MTV crowd.
He has three parolees whose lives we follow.
Darla (Gillian Jacobs) She is a pretty blond who is amoral, manipulative, and has her own jazz swagger music. She went to jail for selling her engagement ring on E-Bay. As it turns out her boyfriend stole it.
Artie Satz (Edward Asner) He has a long rap sheet for armed robbery. He is a curmudgeon's curmudgeon. He doesn't need anyone. He has "survived two world wars, the Great Depression and that Coke crap they tried to pull in the eighties."
Kris Styles (Kevin Hart). He is a doctor who was convicted of bilking insurance companies. He can no longer practice and is wealthy enough not to work. The kicker is that work is part of his parole so he finds himself in blue collar jobs that don't suit him. He has ex-wife emotional baggage.
The film concentrates on creating memorable characters down to the Goth at the coffee shop to the over bubbly career counselor. The film is humorous and well done. This would make for a decent date night film, or even a film on family night for the older kids.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
In short, this thing is a wholly unsatisfying mess. If you crossed 'Little Miss Sunshine' with 'Juno' and rolled the combined goo in a chopped-up copy of 'Garden State', then forcefed the resulting paste to Kristen Schaal while Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg were chained up nearby, eyelids pinned back and forced to watch, you might have an interesting piece of cinematic art (or, if you ended up *really* lucky, marketable snuff film) that a future unmade sequel to 'Let's Go' would one day strive to be.