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In his mid-30s, Abe (Jordan Gelber) clings to the trappings of his adolescence, including the extensive collection of toys and action figures adorning his boyhood bedroom. Still living with his parents Jackie (Christopher Walken) and Phyllis (Mia Farrow), Abe works for his increasingly disappointed Dad and spends evenings ruthlessly trouncing his Mom at backgammon. His older brother Richard's (Justin Bartha) success as a California doctor only feeds Abe's resentment and rage at his family over his failures.
When Abe meets Miranda (Selma Blair), whose personal and professional disasters have sent her scrambling back to the safety of her parents' suburban home, he sees what he thinks is a chance at true love. Abe throws himself into pursuing the overmedicated Miranda, convincing her to marry him after a whirlwind courtship. But, as the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe's subconscious, where his crippling self-doubt and dark fears begin to undermine his nearly realized dream of a fuller life.
"...Solondz's most waywardly endearing film, his gentlest triumph..." --Richard Corliss, TIME
"Solondz brilliantly -- triumphantly -- transforms what might have been an exercise in easy satirical cruelty into a tremendously moving argument for the necessity of compassion." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"We feel contempt. We feel pity. We shudder and identify. It is a vortex drawing us down into dark defeat and yet admitting glimmers of hope." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
If you know something about films of Todd Solondz ("Welcome to the Dollhouse" "Happyness"), you know what you are going to see in "Dark Horse. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
i tend to like todd solondz films but this copy had audio issues(from the light scratches&ring around it&kinda made it hard to follow with it freezing up&the sound going in&outPublished on June 6, 2013 by Jimmy A.
A fat man living with and working for his parents meets a morose numb woman who seems to go out with him just to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by mr. contrarian
This movie is like if George Castanza from Seinfeld fell in love with April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. Solondz himself described it as a darker Judd Apatow film.Published on January 7, 2013 by jonathan stephen ott
Maybe not as great as Happiness or Storytelling, but a million times better than Life During Wartime. Definitely highly recommended.Published on December 10, 2012 by T. Batten
AWESOME!!!!!!!! my favorite film of the year so so so so good i can't wait to buy it and watch it a million times!Published on November 24, 2012 by Gabriel Goss
"Sweetie, we've written you off as a failure years ago." Abe (Gelber) is a toy collector and a slacker. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Tony Heck
I was enjoying this movie a lot until one of the characters told the central character, 'You had every possible advantage'. I thought, what? Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Jonathan Carr