|SOLITARY MAN (director: David Levien/Brian Koppelman; screenwriter: Brian Koppelman; cinematographer: Alwin Kuchler; editor: Tricia Cooke; music: Michael Penn; cast:(Ben Kalmen), (Jordan Karsch), Jenna Fischer (Susan Porter), (Daniel Cheston), Imogen Poots (Allyson Karsch), (Nancy Kalmen), David Costabile (Gary Porter) (Jimmy Marino); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Paul Schiff/Steven Soderbergh/Avi Lerne/Moshe Diamant; Anchor Bay; 2009)|
watch even if an overlooked film."
by Dennis Schwartz
Brian Koppelman ("Knockaround Guys") and David
Levien ("Knockaround Guys")
use Koppelman's screenplay
that depicts an oily solitary man's decline
who is given a second chance. The film went
straight to DVD even with a solid performance by
former owner of a string of big-time New York suburban
car dealership, Ben Kalmen (
A terrific supporting cast includes Susan Sarandon (the ex-wife), Jenna Fischer (his perplexed daughter), Danny DeVito (an old college pal, running a deli in town), Imogen Poots (the daughter of the wealthy woman Douglas is seeing) and Jesse Eisenberg (the college nerd on campus). If you add them to Douglas's powerful performance, it should make this a worthwhile watch even if an overlooked film.
REVIEWED ON 4/21/2017 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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