I feel like when you all were recommending Obvious Child you were actually recommending this.
For all its standard NY rom com tropes, this film has a pretty unique pulse running through it in its casually funny approach to both LGBT and immigrant issues. It knows when to be serious, but mainly when to be really naturally funny. Desiree Akhavan better go places and not end up in Indie limbo.
This is several bumps of coke away from being a truly good movie. Fogelman's film is stuck somewhere between wanting to actively indulge Collins' attempts at redemption and wanting to criticize the emptiness of such a proposition. It never picks, and it also never reconciles the two, leaving a film emotionally incoherent.
Pacino is surely good here, and perhaps the most "alive" he's been in a long time, but it's nothing more, as if, like Collins himself, Pacino was only…
Some initial rambling thoughts and notes for a future more coherent review:
-Jordan Belfort makes Calvin Candie look like a pleasant guy to be around.
-This film makes The Departed look like a Disney movie.
-"Two time Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill"
-"That Rob Reiner guy should act more."
-Never thought I'd hear a Foo Fighters song in a Scorsese film, nevermind one that actually really fits.
-It'll be interesting to see how the mass public reacts to…