Beginners

R| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary
After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes out of the closet. When Hal passes away a few years later, Oliver grows depressed, struggling with his failing career as an artist while constantly remembering his childhood and time spent with his dad. Oliver's loneliness is eased when he meets actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent), but their relationship is threatened by their mutual fear of commitment.

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Genres: Drama

Distributor: Focus Features

Beginners (2010)

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011|1 hr. 45 min.

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  • McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart. show more

  • The film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory. show more

  • What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other. show more

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  • December 27, 2011 joyceand
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    Disappointing. Talented actors Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer give good performances. But their work is wasted in this odd and plodding melodrama that tries to appear deep and significant.

  • August 06, 2011 fscott7268
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    This movie was so boring ************** the energy right out of me. Slow, lifeless, pointless, predictable.

  • August 02, 2011 tjsingle61
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    Interesting film -- bittersweet. Oliver is so very sad! He had a mother with a great sense of humor, but he obviously was affected by the lack of affection/friendship between his parents, and didn\'t realize what the cause was until his father came out. Thought the film got a little tedious at times, but Arthur, the Jack Russell terrier, was a charmer!

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