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Everyday People (2009)

Nathan De'Shon Myers , Jordan Gelber , Jim McKay  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nathan De'Shon Myers, Jordan Gelber, Bridget Barkan, Stephen Henderson, Sydnee Stewart
  • Directors: Jim McKay
  • Writers: Jim McKay
  • Producers: Jim McKay, Becky Glupczynski, Caldecot Chubb, Effie Brown, Melissa Maxwell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067BCAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everyday People" on IMDb

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  • Script-to-screen featurette

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(Drama) This intimate ensemble drama tells the interconnected stories of a group of racially diverse New Yorkers who rub elbows in Raskin's, a venerable Brooklyn diner and NYC institution whose Jewish owner has just revealed he plans to sell off the place to make way for condominiums and newer, more "gentrified" establishments. Told over the course of a single workday, the film challenges conventional assumptions about class and racial identity. If you think you know everyday people by what they look like ... you better think again.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio commentary with Writer/Director Jim McKay and Executive Producer Nelson George
Featurette:The Process: A featurette detailing the production of Everday People from script to screen

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4.0 out of 5 stars People, people who need people, are the ....... April 8, 2005
A low budget ensemble film that deserves a wider audience. A character study of a Brooklyn Jewish owned restaurant (a neighborhood insitution for decades) that seems destined to be sold in the name of progress to shrewd developers whose plan to upscale a working class, on the decline neighborhood.

Employees and customers (many, regulars) must come to grips with personal family and societal issues that are all too real.

The acting is first rate, the script a winner with realistic dialogue.Caveat. The film has a "cheaper hand held camera feel" and a somewhat uneven music score but this is a solid piece of cinema that gives us the real tempo and beat of a Brooklyn the way life often is....full of hopes, dreams, racial and ethnic

diatribes, working class versus upscale mentality, the haves and the have nots and so much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on You with Repeated Viewings January 26, 2007
I found this movie to be a bit off putting when I first saw it. So what is this movie about? I asked myself. The answer is a bit simpler than I usually expect and a bit more complex too. It is about a diner located in Brooklyn which is undergoing gentrification. The owners of the diner are expected to sell out to some corporate giants such as Banana Republic and Hard Rock Cafe. The area is run down and has been going down for a long time. The working class people who frequent the restaurant and work there are just on the cusp of poverty. Their lives aren't the greatest, but there is no promise that the area will allow them to better their lives. The diner is a symbol of some stability and safety. The script was written after several practices in repretory theatre. The acting is terrific and very enjoyable to watch. I found that the movie grew on me with repeated viewings. There is always another layer to uncover. A very nice movie and well worth a viewer's time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday People ? Humm July 31, 2007
I watched this movie last night 07-30-07 and found it to be very New York, the rating for it is way off and without a hint on the case I had no idea that the language would be so profane even when it was clearly not needed to get the actors point across. There is a scene where there is nudity again not mention in anyone reviews or on the case. Having said all that I did like the story which is really about life "any persons" life in any city where the tradition tried to fit in with the new and changing landscape of life. Would have gone 5 stars but the language and the stint of nudity dropped it by 1 star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great movie! February 12, 2005
i liked this movie a lot... very interesting, realistic relationships between all the characters. i also loved that it gave me a little piece of brooklyn. :)

i won't give too much away... but i'm waiting for a sequel or television series. i would love to know the choices that these characters have made! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A day in the life . . . August 4, 2009
This is not your everyday movie. With a story to tell about the closing of a Brooklyn restaurant, it resembles a documentary in its structure - more a slice-of-life complexity of situations than the usual plot-driven story line with a beginning-middle-end in that order. Artistically the camera seems to catch the action on the fly, and instead of 2-3 central characters, there is a large ensemble, each person with his own particular conflict to resolve. Some scenes play out between people whose differences have you cheering first for one side and then the other. A mother, for instance, berates her poetry-writing daughter for not aspiring to a corporate job like she herself has. Each is right in her own way.

Set in a racially mixed Brooklyn neighborhood, the film also wants to open up the subject of race relations and racial identity. Not limited to differences between blacks and whites, it explores different points of view among its African-American characters. A business-suited professional carrying his cup of Starbucks objects to the assumptions of a man selling black ribbons on the street for young black males who are victims of prejudice. Later, each of them has his own unsettling encounter with some of those same young black males.

As the director and producer explain in the commentary, much of the content of the film was developed in workshops with the actors, and thus, like documentary, the final cut is the result of considerable editing. It would have been nice for the DVD to include another 30-45 minutes of these out-takes. A party of MTA workers is glimpsed in some scenes, for instance, and it would have been interesting to get their story.
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