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Not Rated | | Drama | 23 August 2019 (USA)
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A right wing talk show host's life takes a sudden turn when his 16 year old niece comes crashing into his life.

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Will Reichel

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Credited cast:
Neve Campbell ... Valerie Gannon
Steve Coogan ... Lionel Macomb
Judith Light ... Judith Montefiore-Salters
Taylor Russell ... Tess
Skylar Astin ... Gareth Whitley
Pico Alexander ... Grayson
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Earl Higgins
Griffin Newman ... Tyler
Judah Friedlander ... Man on Street
Geoffrey Cantor ... Stanley
Tina Benko ... Laurie
John Rothman ... Kent
Lara Wolf ... Reporter
Teddy Coluca ... Rocco
Jin Ha ... Wendel
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Slick comedy-drama from the director of The Wedding Singer, with Steve Coogan as an abrasive right-wing radio host whose perfect life is thrown into disarray when his sassy long lost 16-year old niece turns up on his doorstep, ready to challenge everything he stands for.

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We all have a voice. Just be careful how you use it. See more »

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23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA

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Kind of Bland
24 August 2019 | by eve_dollukSee all my reviews

Steve Coogan in a non comedic role plays a controversial radio host who finds himself having to look after his niece while her mother is in rehab.

The 16 year old niece is clever and sassy ( too much so that it becomes contrived ) but she plays it well.

Radio Host Coogan is nihilistic, emotionally withdrawn but very aware of his role within controversy.

He and the girl get to know each other and bond, he has a semi breakdown live on air as a result of work pressure and possibly the interactions with his niece.

The whole thing is a bit wishy washy at times and then tries to be liberating in other ways.

Its produced well enough and the performances are decent but overall it peters out into a story about an angry man dealing with his issues.

Some of the reviews about it being liberals attacking conservatives isn't true. There are tones of negativity towards the social media and disenfranchised society we live in.

I think the tone of the narrative is with regards to how the media likes to spark controversy for ratings etc and Coogan plays the ringmaster.

Overall an average film that could have gone deeper into its subject matter rather than angry man bonds with family member and finds himself.

5/10


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