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Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars I, II, III), Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in Beginners, an uplifting comedy about how funny and transformative life can be. When graphic designer Oliver (McGregor) meets free-spirited Anna (Laurent) shortly after his father (Plummer) has passed away, Oliver realizes just how much of a beginner he is when it comes to long-lasting romantic love. Memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life, encourage Oliver to open himself up to the potential of a true relationship. Inspired by writer/director Mike Mills’ own father, it’s an original love story that critics cheer is “smart, poignant and often hilarious!” (Karen Durbin, Elle)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 145
- Fresh: 122
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Excruciatingly faux-naive and sentimental...
Fresh: Wwhile there's plenty of melancholia, there is also sweet wonder and celebration in writer-director Mike Mills' semiautobiographical tale of a straight son coming to terms with his own love's possibilities after his father comes out of the closet.
Fresh: "Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically.
Fresh: "Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.
One of the best Woody Allen movies he hasn't made in years
Rotten Tomatoes is usually so generous, but this time 'round they're about &10 too low. This movie is the definition of a %93 flick.
To clarify, two Woody Allen classics. I'd put ANNIE HALL at %93. I say %93 because as good as ANNIE and BEGINNERS are, you're left feeling it still missed that final something that makes it's awe-inspiring. Woody's MANHATTAN has it.
But %93 percent today is about %45 better than most movies, so this movie beggar won't be a cinematic chooser. The casting was delicious, the acting reserved, the story timeline out of sequence but never annoyingly so, the subject matter (art, love, marriage, sexuality, being jewish) so Woody Allen and yet so fresh somehow as well. Woody keeps coming up in this review because there are Woody nods everywhere in the movie, but never in an over obvious way, outside of the music selections.
BEGINNERS is simply a solid little movie of admirable artful understatement.
Great In Theaters*
I loved this movie, everything about it. The content was funny but deep, and the style, how it was put together, was ingenius. It used flashbacks without being confusing, and was subtle yet meaningful on a deep level about what happiness truly is. I hope anyone who sees this is as moved by it and as entertained by it as I was.
*written before release to iTunes
This movie was extremely well done. However, I will caution you that the description is a bit misleading. If you've lost a parent to cancer, in the recent or distant past, beware, as this may not be as "uplifting" or "comedic" as you may hope.
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