• Detachment (2012)


Release Date: March 16th, 2012

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody) is a substitute teacher who shuns emotional connections, and never stays long enough in one district to bond with his students or colleagues. Troubled and lost, Henry lands at a public school where an apathetic student body and disinterested parents have created a frustrated, burned-out group of teachers and administrators. Inadvertently, Henry becomes a role model to his disaffected students and bonds with a teenage runaway who is just as lost as he is.

Cast: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, William Petersen

Director: Tony Kaye

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paper Street Films

Keywords: Transformation, Emotional, 2010s, Gritty, Touching

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Nobody's idea of "Mr. Holland's Opus," but it winds up in a similar place, more or less. show more

  • 60

    Comes across like the creation of a precocious student. I don't mean that to be a damning critique, though Detachment is a mesmerizing misfire -- it's just that it has the uncomplicated earnestness and hyperbolic melodrama of teenage poetry. show more

  • 70
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Adrien Brody, delivering his finest performance since "The Pianist," plays the central role of the disaffected Henry Barthes. show more

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