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About the Movie

An official selection of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, FAIRHAVEN dissects the lives of four thirty-something's in the tradition of films like BEAUTIFUL GIRLS and GARDEN STATE. Ten years after abruptly leaving his hometown, wayward bad-boy Dave (Chris Messina of TV's THE MINDY PROJECT, VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA) returns for his estranged father's funeral and is reunited with his old friends Jon (writer/director Tom O'Brien), a former high school football star trying to figure out his next move, and Sam (Rich Sommer of TV's MAD MEN), a real estate agent carrying a torch for his ex-wife (Emmy®-Nominee Sarah Paulson of TV's GAME CHANGE). The three settle into familiar patterns, but their friendship falters when Dave reveals the secret reason he left town.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [A] beautifully acted, directed and edited little slice of New England life ... – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jan 10, 2013

Fresh: Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 16, 2013

Rotten: While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jan 10, 2013

Rotten: Indies don't come blander than writer/director Tom O'Brien's Fairhaven ... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jan 9, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Boring is a nice word. Don't waste your time

Loved this Movie!!!

Watching FAIRHAVEN was everything I love about Tom O’Brian’s theatrical plays come to life a million times over with all of the elements fitting together: lovely shots, poetic scenery, authentic acting, heartfelt pacing and musical score combined to remind me of what acting coach Wynn Handman would refer to as “a perfect pitch and tone”. Tom’s character was an endearing, curious, mysterious and fun protagonist. I understand what he means about Tom Brady! I love the story and how the film captures the way that we are all ever unraveling from, entwining in and learning from the events in our lives… how the effects of the “bomb drop” from the parents of Chris Messina's character earlier in his life mirrors so poignantly the effects of the bomb drop of his actions later on. We were riveted and while I knew it would be great, I was so excited and surprised by how great. My boyfriend watched in silence the whole time and when it was over he said, “that was impeccable… perfect". He said he loved it and wants to watch it again. We were both moved. I have been spending more time this past year in my hometown than I have spent in 26 years... I related so much to the relationships, internal and external landscapes and the heartbreaking beauty of watching life expand all of us no matter where we stay or travel to. Movie made with excellence!

An insult to people in their late 20s and early 30s

If this was a movie designed to depict people in their late 20s and early 30s, it is insulting.
The dialogue, such as it is, is lacking to absent.
The characters are lost and so is the storyline.
Even at $.99, save your money.
Just terrible!

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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