God's Pocket

God's Pocket ★★★½

A drama of absurd people behaving absurdly within a neighborhood which, as it turns out, is named with irony. Philip Seymour Hoffman is compelling as an emotionally distant meat truck driver reluctantly trying to raise money to cover his nasty step son's funeral, while his estranged wife (Christina Hendricks) turns her mourning into an affair with a boozing, womanizing newspaper columnist (Richard Jenkins). Mad Men's John Slattery's directorial debut is a sardonic, twisted story that is never joyful, but engrossing nevertheless.

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