A charming Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father and forms an unexpected friendship with his newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin while struggling with decisions about the path their lives will take.
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Wow. This was the best movie I've seen in a while. I wish Hollywood had people capable of making stuff like this. It was completely human, compassionate, intelligent, realistic, and down to earth. There was none of the usual hysteria or polemics, from either side, around "controversial" issues like abortion, no malicious, perverse, or "chilling" tone in a pretentious effort to look cool. Just human beings being human, in ways I wish we would do more of in our culture. Nobody was perfect. Nobody was a monster. The characters were compelling and pulled me in quickly. The main character had his lesser moments, too, such as when he was a jerk to that random stranger in the beginning, and then to his mother, but he came around. Almost all the characters were complex enough to be interesting, and sympathetic in their own ways, with the one exception of that truly horrible teenage bully girl - who eventually got smacked by the teenage lead. Great acting, good production values, and an original, entirely unpredictable, winding story. I never knew what was going to happen next, in the best way. I was really surprised by how much I liked it. I actually teared up during one scene, and I was sorry when it was over. To me, that's the sign of a really good movie. I plan to watch it again.
A movie that deals with everything from Adultery, Abortion and a little bit of everything in between. While I don't agree with most of the choices that the cast of characters made, I can see that the movie does a really good job of showing why they would make them. It's interesting to find a main character as morally bankrupt at this one....something new.
This movie attempts to tell a story that is somewhat of a fish out of water story, but one in which the person is out of their element after traveling to their family's hometown. The protagonist is someone who lives in the big city of Philadelphia, PA, and their family's small town is Lebanon,PA. Lebanon is not large, but it is not that small and it is surrounded by suburbs and the northeast corridor. This only matters because the movie makes it seem as though the community is isolated. It is not. You are a half hour from large metro areas. So, to think that it is so backward is wrong. Is it conservative? Yes, it is. But that it not what is in the movie. Consequently, I think the movie should have been set in the western part of the state. That is quibbling. In addition to this gripe, I felt the acting was not great as was the script. The end result being that the movie was just ok for me.
This movie promoted abortion, adultery , underage drinking and underage sex. Definitely is an anti-Christian movie where Christian values are mocked repeatedly. The Christians in this movie were portrayed as intolerant and baffoons.
I know that this film got some if'y reviews but this is a real sleeper! A well written film from a ,hopefully, a great new writer/director!! It is such a pleasure to see such fine work from young new film makers. This movie, although gets some similarities to "Juno" has some more to give. The Characters take us in an emotional and we get tangled in some of their miscues in their life! Sorry for the lack of better words. All in all it is a wonderful story and the acting by all the characters are truly captivating! And I mean by all of them;the Director/writer did a wonderful job with casting of these characters which can always make or break a film!! He did a super job in that and I look forward to seeing more films by him in the near future!!! NOT A GREAT MOVIE BUT A REAL GOOD FILM
story of an executive who returns to his home town to attend his fathers funeral. He meets 17 year old cousin who is pregnant and wants an abortion. her catholic family wants her to have the child. and do everything they can to convince her an abortion is wrong. She turns to her uncle for help. He refuses to take her for an abortion. so the girl looks else where for help. it is a story of the right to live, and a womans right to choose. I have a hard time watching this movie, even though it makes you think, and by so doing makes you want to take sides. my point of view is.
I bought the Blu-Ray version of the movie and I am not sorry. It reminded me of a Hallmark Channel TV movie without the happy ending. Some have commented that it is a pro-abortion movie but I didn't take it that way. As with others who have commented on the movie, I thought it was a real-life story that dealt with an issue that can tear a family apart. I was less interested in the relationship between Will and CJ, and much more interested in the chemistry between Will and Vicki, CJ's married teacher. I had just watched Samantha Mathis in "The American President" where she played the shy character Janie Basdin. Her character in this movie was much more fun to watch.
My only complaint with the movie is the name - Lebanon, PA. Sorry, but I was born and raised in Lebanon, PA, and I attended Drexel University in Philadelphia. Except for a few establishing shots in Lebanon City, the movie could have been shot most anywhere. And if you didn't know that most of Drexel's buildings are constructed with orange brick, you wouldn't recognize Drexel either. I can't for the life of me understand why the creators of this movie chose Lebanon, PA as the title, but I'm sure there's a good reason, and I'm probably nitpicking?
The truth is, it was the title of the movie that attracted me, and if it had been titled "Brattleboro, VT" I probably would have passed!