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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.

Cast: Ewan McGregor , Christopher Plummer , Mélanie Laurent , Goran Visnjic , Kai Lennox , Mary Page Keller , Keegan Boos ,

Director: Mike Mills

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

  • As for Plummer, I don't know how he does it, but he somehow radiates gayness. It's nothing overt, just some internal shift, but if you saw only 10 seconds of Plummer in this film, you would know he was playing a gay man. You just might not know how you know it. show more

  • What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial. 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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What Is 'Beginners'? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Feb 21st, 2012 10:02AM

"Beginners"Nominated For: Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)What's It About: After the death of his wife, Hal Fields (Plummer) comes out as homosexual to his mid-30s son, Oliver (Ewan...

Christopher Rosen's Favorite Movies of 2011: 'Harry Potter,' 'Midnight in Paris,' 'The Artist' and 'Moneyball'

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Christopher Rosen on Dec 29th, 2011 2:00PM

The end of the year is all about one thing: lists! Ahead, my favorite 11 movies of 2011, from Harry Potter to Billy Beane. Apologies in advance if your fave didn't make the cut!...

Which Actor May Have Cost Christopher Plummer an Oscar Nomination for 'The Insider'?

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Christopher Rosen on Dec 21st, 2011 5:30PM

Barring a major upset, Christopher Plummer will win his first Academy Award in February for his performance in 'Beginners.' The 82-year-old has appeared in everything from 'The Sound of Music' to...

Uggie and Cosmo, the Dogs From 'The Artist' and 'Beginners,' Meet (VIDEO)

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Sharon Knolle on Dec 16th, 2011 6:00PM

It's a movie -- and dog -- lover's dream come true! Uggie and Cosmo, the cute canine stars of awards-magnets 'The Artist' and 'Beginners,' met in a photo studio to pose for pictures. Despite there...

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