• Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Starting Out in the Evening

Release Date: November 23rd, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

A complex relationship develops between Leonard (Frank Langella), an academic novelist of advancing years, and Heather (Lauren Ambrose), a determined, fresh-faced graduate student doing her master's thesis on Leonard's career. Leonard keeps everyone at an emotional distance, including his devoted daughter, Ariel (Lili Taylor), and her unsettled boyfriend, Casey (Adrian Lester). Heather's attention, although motivated by selfish interests, forces Leonard to reexamine his life.

Cast: Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, Adrian Lester

Director: Andrew Wagner

Genres: Drama

Production Co: InDiGent Entertainment

Keywords: Fascinating, Transformation, 2000s, New York City, Daughter, Brooding, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie is carefully modulated to draw us deeper and deeper into the situation, and uses no contrived plot devices to superimpose plot jolts on what is, after all, a story involving four civilized people who are only trying, each in a different way, to find happiness. show more

  • 100
    James GreenbergThe Hollywood Reporter

    Succeeds so beautifully because of a compelling story, great acting, intelligent writing and sensitive direction. show more

  • 88
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Whether this reserved, hypercautious widower can deal with the arousal she creates in him - let alone be physically able to act on it - is one of the many layers of tension that drive this unusual and absolutely riveting dance. show more

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