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All Is Bright (2013)

Giamatti , Rudd , Morrison  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Giamatti, Rudd, Hawkins
  • Directors: Morrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lie, cheat,'s all part of the holiday spirit for ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and fast talker Rene (Paul Rudd) when they try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees in New York. For Dennis it's a chance to go straight, and for his best friend and former partner-in-crime, Rene, it's a chance to make some easy cash so he can marry Dennis's ex-wife. But for two not-very-bright guys now stuck together on the cold streets of Brooklyn, this holiday season may bring some of the most unexpected miracles of all. Golden Glober winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Amy Landecker (A Serious Man) co-star in this film from executive producer Paul Giamatti and the award-winning director of Junebug Phil Morrison.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, realism in movies October 7, 2013
By annie
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The world can suck and people are jerks, and if you live your life like a criminal, and spend some time in jail, it’s still going to suck when you get out. You don’t just suddenly turn your life around and make a high salary in a legit job, or become a highly successful photographer (for some reason being an undiscovered talented photographer is a theme in those turn-your-life-around movies). I believe this movie shows what really happens when live as a unsuccessful criminal, pay for your crimes, and then have to live with the consequences, and there are some big consequences. Paul Giamatti is that sad sack and he tries so hard to walk the straight and narrow that it hurts, and you can feel it. Now that’s a stellar performance. Paul Rudd is better than ever, he is the sad sack’s best friend and also the wife, life, and daughter stealer but ever the empathetic best friend. Rudd’s performance is raw and emotional and real.

The grittiness of this movie is dark, it’s sad and poignant without the falseness of fake happiness and yet, it was still fun and relatable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have to disagree...... November 24, 2013
I have to disagree with most of the reviews, it was bittersweet and heart warming. I really enjoyed it and it didn't have a Hollywood ending.

If you only like slick comedies, than this is not for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMW November 16, 2013
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Loved this movie, wish people were not so down on it. I thought it was beautiful and hopeful, keep an open mind and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trees Sold In Brooklyn December 15, 2013
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Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and Rene (Paul Rudd) are small time guys with small dreams. They travel from Quebec to New York to sell Christmas trees. For Dennis this is a chance for personal redemption after his release from prison for burglary. Rene just wants to earn enough money to buy his girlfriend Therese (Amy Landecker) an engagement ring. Therese also happens to be Dennis' ex-wife so there is an obvious friction between the two business partners. Along the way they meet a sundry assortment of characters including a Russian dental assistant, Olga (Sally Hawkins), who sympathizes with sad sack Dennis. "All Is Bright" is at turns funny and poignant. Giamatti plays Dennis with a degree of sullen pathos and Rudd's Rene is affable. The chemistry between these two underrated veteran actors sparkles. Director Phil Morrison establishes a melancholic mood which is punctuated by a terrific soft jazz score of holiday standards. Some of the reviewers have said this isn't really a Christmas movie but that couldn't be further from the truth. Hallmark doesn't have a trademark on seasonal fare. This offbeat indie sleeper is filmmaking at its finest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Season's Greetings from Canada." After being released from prison Dennis (Giamatti) returns home to see his kid he is surprised when he finds out his wife told the daughter he was dead. Things get worse when he finds out his ex crime partner Rene (Rudd) is now dating his wife. Looking for work Dennis joins Rene on a trip to New York City to sell Christmas trees. The trip not only forces them to deal with the present circumstances but winds up affecting the lives of everyone involved. First of all even though this is about selling trees I would not call this a Christmas movie. Going into this I was excited because I love Paul Giamatti and think Paul Rudd is underrated. While the movie is good and the acting is great as expected it is very depressing. This is a movie that I can't really talk about what is going on too much because it will give something away but just know that you see the full arc of Dennis from happiness of being released to happiness with himself. If you are a Giamatti fan you will like this but don't expect a happy Christmas movie at all. Overall, great acting and worth seeing but don't be shocked if you are sad when its over. I give it a B.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful November 15, 2013
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Really something special, not at all like most of the Hollywood dreck out there. Fantastic performances all around. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SKI SLALOM IN HOLE OF JACKSON December 5, 2013
Dennis (Paul Giamatti) has spent four years in prison. His divorced wife (Amy Landecker) wants nothing to do with him. She has told their daughter(Tatyana Richaud) he died from cancer. She plans on marrying Rene (Paul Rudd), Dennis' partner in crime who didn't get caught. With no money, home, or job, Dennis goes with Rene to sell Christmas trees in NYC, which is not a great idea for either man. Apparently this is something NYC generously allows Canadians to do without a permit, license, or sales tax ID number.

The film attempts to be quirky, except it does so in a sad pathetic way and not as a comedy or dark comedy. The jokes didn't make it, even when delivered by some of Hollywood's finest. I consider the film an early Christmas gift for writer Melissa James Gibson.

If I was going to miss one Paul Giamatti film, I would miss this over "Lady in the Water."

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Obscure distant nudity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A JOY to watch. February 8, 2014
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Much maligned film deserves more mature audience and a better evaluation. Not a cookie cutter, simple minded trip through the Yuletide experience, a bit of cold reality, some unsavory characters attempt to get their act together by scoring big with Christmas tree sales in December. A bit of their own medicine leaves them completely broke setting up the unusual ending as they try to at least make Christmas joy and magic for a sweet little child.

Paul Giamatti (Dennis) is one Bassett Hound faced, dissatisfied mutt throughout the entire story and Rudd (Rene) is not an ideal partner as he tries to steal Giamatti's character's family away. One character, Olga, is likable and probably the only redeeming body in the whole story other than the little girl. She helps Dennis make his first sale (to her) and then invites him in for food and a much needed bath.

This feature had one quality that I adore in movie making. It is unique. Not many, if any viewers will say that this one reminds them of any other film. That's a virtue. And it entertains from beginning to end. Just don't go in thinking that this is your typical feel good Christmas story with a lollipop ending. That's just not what this movie is.

The theme song "JOY" is ear candy.. It was written and performed by Tracey Thorn. Very nice. I always enjoy a beautiful musical score.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If Your Into Downer Films--
Really thin plot. Giamatti gets out of prison for theft after 4 years to find that his wife was planning to marry his friend and has told his daughter that he was dead of a very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Giamatti deserved an Oscar, the film deserved an Oscar ... so how many...
ALL IS BRIGHT (Prod. Paul and Elizabeth Giamatti, Dir. Phil Morrisson, 2013, 109 minutes) ~

Just having seen this sleeper gem on the STARZ Channel, I think I disagree... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Nice Premise
The premise of this movie is nice but there isn't much else to fill up the rest of the story. Love interests never really get off the ground, the main character's stories never... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hifall
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
I enjoyed watching this both actors......but it was a bit of a downer! Still, it was worth watching. Not really a Christmas "feel good" film.
Published 7 months ago by Colette Rost
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it.
This was a long drawn out story and a bit depressing. Waste of time and money. Don't rent or buy this.
Published 8 months ago by Mary Rosner
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste you time
Definitely low budget, did not see the point. I watched from beginning to end only because I paid for it.
Published 8 months ago by Suzan Guse
3.0 out of 5 stars Problematic
This movie doesn't know what it wants to be. There are plenty of set ups for it to be a real funny movie, ala Bad Santa and the like, but as it heads down the road to comedy it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This was a great movie. It's full of dark humour and as others have said, is not Hollywood hype with a fairy tale ending.
Published 8 months ago by RB89
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie lacks in character...and the screenply sounds like it was...
The only positive part about this film is that it was shot in Greenpoint/Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Place I am very familiar with.
Published 9 months ago by Luke
2.0 out of 5 stars A Downer
Two former convicts go to NYC to sell Christmas trees. The twist is that they're both in love with the same woman back home. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr. contrarian
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