A Beginner's Guide to Endings 2010 R

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Upon learning that their newly deceased dad had them enrolled in drug testing when they were young giving them only a few days left to live, three brothers, embark on a journey of self-discovery in an attempt to reverse a lifetime of mistakes and set the record straight once and for all.

Starring:
Scott Caan, Paulo Costanzo
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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A Beginner's Guide to Endings

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Jonathan Sobol
Starring Scott Caan, Paulo Costanzo
Supporting actors Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, Paulo Costanzo, Wendy Crewson, Jason Jones, Jared Keeso, James Preston Rogers, Allison Graham, Alex Appel, Jesse Bostick, Siam Yu, Thomas Michael, Gavin Fox, Rufus Crawford, Horace Abel, Zachary Haycock, Thomas Turner
Studio Entertainment One
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I really like these dark comedies and the cast was pretty good.
Tony Heck
It was a bit like being a passenger on a section of the interstate you've never been to, catching your eye but not really upsetting you as you pass by.
RL
Still "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" is amusing enough, if overly contrived, it just doesn't connect on the emotional level that it seems to desire.
K. Harris

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 22, 2012
Format: DVD
There is an appealing cast and a number of great ideas inherent in Jonathan Sobol's film "A Beginner's Guide To Endings," so I was really hoping for a deliciously dark comedy. But instead of focusing on the cleverness of the set-up, the screenplay opts for the slapstick choice at every opportunity. Thus, the film often feels like a live action cartoon when it might have been so much more. Purposefully over-the-top and unrelentingly quirky, the film never really develops its characters in a way that might connect you to their wacky antics. With the actors involved, the potential for this film to be really solid is apparent. And the bits that do work make me long for a more cohesive end product, one that was reliant on heart and smarts as opposed to the easiest laughs. Still "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" is amusing enough, if overly contrived, it just doesn't connect on the emotional level that it seems to desire.

The movie begins with Harvey Keitel in full suicide mode. As the patriarch of a family of five sons (from three different women), he has some major regrets in relating his tale of woe. As the boys get together in the aftermath of Keitel's disappearance, they learn a startling secret that has the oldest three facing down mortality itself. What would you choose to do if you found out your days were numbered? That is the question posed. The eldest, Jason Jones, has a chance to protect a younger brother and reclaim boxing glory. Scott Caan, a lothario that can't settle down, wants to reunite with the perceived love of his life (a nice change of pace for Tricia Helfer). And Paulo Costanzo wants to fulfill a bucket list of ridiculously dangerous tasks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 13, 2013
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There is an appealing cast and a number of great ideas inherent in Jonathan Sobol's film "A Beginner's Guide To Endings," so I was really hoping for a deliciously dark comedy. But instead of focusing on the cleverness of the set-up, the screenplay opts for the slapstick choice at every opportunity. Thus, the film often feels like a live action cartoon when it might have been so much more. Purposefully over-the-top and unrelentingly quirky, the film never really develops its characters in a way that might connect you to their wacky antics. With the actors involved, the potential for this film to be really solid is apparent. And the bits that do work make me long for a more cohesive end product, one that was reliant on heart and smarts as opposed to the easiest laughs. Still "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" is amusing enough, if overly contrived, it just doesn't connect on the emotional level that it seems to desire.

The movie begins with Harvey Keitel in full suicide mode. As the patriarch of a family of five sons (from three different women), he has some major regrets in relating his tale of woe. As the boys get together in the aftermath of Keitel's disappearance, they learn a startling secret that has the oldest three facing down mortality itself. What would you choose to do if you found out your days were numbered? That is the question posed. The eldest, Jason Jones, has a chance to protect a younger brother and reclaim boxing glory. Scott Caan, a lothario that can't settle down, wants to reunite with the perceived love of his life (a nice change of pace for Tricia Helfer). And Paulo Costanzo wants to fulfill a bucket list of ridiculously dangerous tasks. The movie follows these separate threads (and a few others) as each tries to affirm some meaning to the life they've lived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Brittney on December 19, 2012
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I have been waiting for this to come on DVD for 2 years after I saw it at a film festival. It was worth the wait. Super funny movie, got a copy for all of my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stoneyb on October 7, 2012
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I enjoyed this movie . Really liked Scott Caan part.
He did a good job. The movie is sad and very funny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on September 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Seen thirty times told before movie stereotypes of loser dad with lots of former wives (by various stereotyped marriages - hooker, Asian, etc.); gambles; self-centered to the point of making money off of his kids by enrolling them in, a supposedly for profit, drug testing program. Dad commits suicide (off screen) and so we follow his stereotypic kids, starting with the funeral, and as mostly adults with a variety of stereotypic dysfunctional personality quirks - selfish; non-commital; anal; not-so-bright; angry. All given unbelievable, over the top, characterizations. The usual boring traits you can look inside or across the street and see. As predicted everyone gets their individual acts together and everyone lives happily ever after. It was suppose to have some comical elements but they were all barely little snicker-laughs; about the same substance level as watered down non-fat milk.
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Format: DVD
When the opening scene makes me smile, I know that I'm in for a treat. This movie is unique and fun. Warning - must have tolerance (and perhaps enjoy) for the absurd and some ribald humor. I loved the cast of characters and the blend of actors' personalities really added to the comedic effect. Great writing. Really enjoyed this indie film.
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