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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Roberto Faenza

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About the Movie

Based on the best selling novel by Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You is a funny and heartfelt film about a vulnerable yet precocious teenager named James with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. Living in New York City, the child of divorced parents who may be better served examining their own lives, James rejects all the assumptions that govern the adult world around him, including the expectation that he will go college in the Fall. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 1
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 2.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Several kinds of excruciating. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 4, 2012

Rotten: This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 8, 2012

Rotten: These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Oct 2, 2012

Rotten: His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Oct 4, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Awesome Coming of Age Movie

I loved this movie, surprisingly. Went in with pretty low expectations but came out very pleased.

Based in New York, Someday captures the angst that growing up as one person in a huge city can create. The main character faces all the chaos and absurdity around him and learns how to cope with those challenges. A simple, charming well-done coming of age film

Great movie!

Such a talented cast and I love New York. I hope Toby Regbo becomes a big star one day. He is super talented! Must-see.

Great Film!

I thought this movie was fantastic. Beautifully done, and such a great cast! Toby Regbo makes you fall in love with James from the start, and you root for him throughout the entire film. Definitely worth checking out!

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