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Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (UK)
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Romance blooms between two tricenarians in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director:

Todd Solondz

Writers:

Todd Solondz, Harold Manning (french adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melisa Young Melisa Young ... Wedding Singer
Jordan Gelber ... Abe
Selma Blair ... Miranda (formerly 'Vi')
Mia Farrow ... Phyllis
Christopher Walken ... Jackie
Zachary Booth ... Justin
Donna Murphy ... Marie
Tyler Maynard ... Jiminy
Mary Joy ... Lori
Peter McRobbie ... Arnie
Justin Bartha ... Richard
Aasif Mandvi ... Mahmoud
Di Quon ... Waitress
Lee Wilkof ... Phil
Tara-Lee Pollin Tara-Lee Pollin ... Dancing Bride
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Storyline

Abe Wertheimer - an odious, purposeless, self-centered 35-year-old living parasitically with his parents (by choice) and working in his dismayed father's business office (avoiding work while scoping eBay for collectible toys) - meets Miranda, an equally pathetic but self-loathing social dropout who, having given up on life, masochistically accepts Abe's sudden proposal of marriage for a knowingly grim future she won't fight against. Along with projecting his own faults onto his father, his own jealousy for lack of success and accomplishment onto his younger brother, and wallowing in the blind support of his mother, it's just another aspect of Abe's unsatisfying life that he just can't see to improve. A long-overdue decision finally spins his insignificant life out of control. Written by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Horse See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,551, 10 June 2012

Gross USA:

$166,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$337,150
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Production Co:

Double Hope Films See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Walken wears a toupee in the film. See more »

Goofs

On the sofa, Marie drinks form her left hand, but when she gets up, her drink is in her right hand, but then it's back in her left hand when she gets to the bar. See more »

Quotes

Abe: Can you believe my father? I mean, like, I didn't even do anything, and yet, somehow, it's all... always all my fault.
Marie: Well, family and business is always a tricky combination.
Abe: Everything would be fine if he wasn't such a fucking asshole. You see the way he talks to me.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

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Now Is The Time
Performed by Curtis Marolt Project
Written by Curtis Allen Marolt and Michael Dicillo
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It isn't even a dark horse of a movie.
7 August 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"You should just face the truth." (Abe) "What is the truth?" (Mom) "That we're all terrible people!"

I like quirky with the best of them, but Dark Horse is not at all as entertaining as director Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse and too depressing to promise a dedicated audience of nerds who usually require at least entertaining fare.

This story of an overweight loser, Abe Jordan Gelber (in schlubby Kevin James mode), is so negative that identifying with him is a difficult task for any audience member. Upon meeting another family "dark horse," Abe asks Miranda (Selma Blair) to marry him, as uncool und untimely a request as could be possible.

Yet, these two are soul mates, awkward outsiders with enough hang-ups to people a whole other dysfunctional drama: He collects Simpson's memorabilia and she sports hepatitis b. I just can't find anything else interesting.

Abe works for dad (Christopher Walken), is counseled for real or in dream by loving mom (Mia Farrow), and tries to tolerate his achieving brother (Justin Bartha). Solondz's direction allows intimate involvement with the two dark horses and their families, so there can be no doubt that the expected fates will be unusual to say the least.

Slow and dull, like Abe himself, the film skirts the bold satire characteristic of Solondz's previous work (he even blurs out the Toys 'R Us sign on the store, not once but twice). In the end, you have a portrait of a loser who really doesn't deserve the attention even 86 min gives him. I doubt this small film will be even a dark horse in any competition.


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