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The Humbling (2014)

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A stage actor who is slowly losing his mind engages in a relationship with a sexually confused younger woman.

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Barry Levinson

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Buck Henry (screenplay), Michal Zebede (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Simon Axler
Greta Gerwig ... Pegeen Mike Stapleford
Nina Arianda ... Sybil
Charles Grodin ... Jerry
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Rutledge
Dan Hedaya ... Asa
Dianne Wiest ... Carol
Billy Porter ... Prince
Li Jun Li ... Tracy
Lance Roberts ... Walter
Kyra Sedgwick ... Louise Trenner
Victor Cruz ... Security Guard
Derrick Arthur ... Techie
Steve Rosen ... Stage Manager
Andrea Barnes ... Nurse
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Storyline

An aged and addled actor has his world turned upside down after he embarks upon an affair with a lesbian, in this acidulous adaptation of the Philip Roth novel. Written by Anonymous

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Suicide is the role you write for yourself.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual material, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (South Africa) See more »

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The Last Act See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Although the film in the beginning had ample funding, the listed conditions got too much for Barry Levinson, who backed out and lost by his estimate "somewhere in the area of $6 million." Subsequently it was decided to shoot the film incrementally with several breaks built in to accommodate Al Pacino's schedule. See more »

Quotes

Simon Axler: Three quarters of the things we do in life are mistakes!
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References Shane (1953) See more »

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The Old Actor, The Young Lesbian, & The Boring Movie
25 January 2015 | by flinchedSee all my reviews

An actor (Pacino) suffers a mid-life crisis at the end of his acting career. He loses hope and any passion to act, opting for a foolish attempt at suicide on the theater stage. Now retired and in therapy, a young girl from his past visits him at home and his passion reignites. And don't forget to add a friend from rehab who wants him to kill her husband (the only mildly interesting thing which of course goes nowhere).

The movie is ultimately a failure to be a drama or a comedy. The passion fizzles out very quickly and turns into a ridiculous farce. Pacino spends a good portion of every scene talking to his shrink over the computer or on the phone. Instead of the viewer experiencing the movie first hand, Pacino spends seemingly every scene narrating how he feels. Instead of feeling the actors emotions, seeing the characters develop, I felt spoon fed from scene to scene during ridiculous talks on the phone.

Long stretches of boring dialogue, sleepy music, characters devoid of any passion or pathos, long story short (my only wish while watching), this movie stinks. Pacino stumbles around the room uttering idiotic dialogue, falls down constantly while moaning, and goes through ridiculous situations with the lesbian. OH yeah, the girl's a lesbian. How risqué! Devoid of anything funny or remotely interesting, I urge you to avoid this movie. The story reminded me a little about Birdman. Actor in crisis on the stage, feelings of suicide, young spitfire girl, etc. Although I hate to compare two movies instead of judging them solely on their own merit, I'd watch Birdman instead. Way better movie.


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