Flying Lessons (2010) 2012 R CC

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With her life at a crossroads, Sophie returns home to a web of tangled relationships, until she meets a man with Alzheimer's who reminds her of the power of remembering her past.

Starring:
Maggie Grace, Cary Elwes
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Derek Magyar
Starring Maggie Grace, Cary Elwes
Supporting actors Jonathan Tucker, Christine Lahti, Joanna Cassidy, Ian Anthony Dale, Nikki Deloach, Hal Holbrook, Rick Gonzalez, Michael O'Neill, Maggie Castle, Alyssa de Boisblanc, Mickey Meyer, Jillian Greene
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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It is not evident why this film, released in 2010, did not attract more attention. In many ways it is a tough little story that takes audience concentration throughout to make it all fit together, but the impact of the messages it delivers make it one of the more impressive films of the decade!

The film opens with down on her luck Sophie Conway (Maggie Grace) stumbling through a drug and alcohol addled existence in Los Angeles, her life in shambles as she has sex on a bus with stranger Benji (Rick Gonzalez). With her life at a crossroads, the 25 year old Sophie returns home to the small town of Lompoc (a little town in Santa Barbara County) she always wanted to forget. Once home, she is faced with the friends - Mila (Nikki Deloach) - and lovers - Billy (Jonathan Tucker) - she left behind, a tangled relationship with her Mother (Christine Lahti) and her married paramour Steven (Cary Elwes), and Harry Pleasant (Hal Holbrook), an Alzheimer's Disease patient who, in an opposing way, shares Sophie's struggle to remember. Each of the characters in the story is trying to mentally escape a past that is painful and their interaction slowly reveals the truths of their past experiences, why they have grown apart, and how facing cloudy memories and struggling to make them clear can actually change their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Erickson on March 13, 2014
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It was very sad and too many f words. Why can't people make meaningful, interesting movies without the f bomb everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lonebeaut TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 11, 2014
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Because he's slumming. He's an old man who plays Harry Pleasant, an old man with Alzheimer's who needs to be watched 24/7--and does it brilliantly. Holbrook teaches a master class in acting while the other actors languish beside him. Sophie, an impoverished local girl played by Maggie Grace has escaped from the Big City drugged out and promiscuous and wrangles a job caring for him. In the meantime, her lonely widowed mother (Christine Lahti) is a little too fond of wine and foolishly involved with a former colleague of her late husband; the insurance company won't pay out until his cause of death is uncovered; and Sophie's high school boyfriend is stuck in neutral and afraid to move on. A soap opera, in other words. I'm not fond of soap operas. But thank heavens for Holbrook.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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It is not evident why this film, released in 2010, did not attract more attention. In many ways it is a tough little story that takes audience concentration throughout to make it all fit together, but the impact of the messages it delivers make it one of the more impressive films of the decade!

The film opens with down on her luck Sophie Conway (Maggie Grace) stumbling through a drug and alcohol addled existence in Los Angeles, her life in shambles as she has sex on a bus with stranger Benji (Rick Gonzalez). With her life at a crossroads, the 25 year old Sophie returns home to the small town of Lompoc (a little town in Santa Barbara County) she always wanted to forget. Once home, she is faced with the friends - Mila (Nikki Deloach) - and lovers - Billy (Jonathan Tucker) - she left behind, a tangled relationship with her Mother (Christine Lahti) and her married paramour Steven (Cary Elwes), and Harry Pleasant (Hal Holbrook), an Alzheimer's Disease patient who, in an opposing way, shares Sophie's struggle to remember. Each of the characters in the story is trying to mentally escape a past that is painful and their interaction slowly reveals the truths of their past experiences, why they have grown apart, and how facing cloudy memories and struggling to make them clear can actually change their lives.
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[Rounded up from 2-1/2 stars] Spoiler Alert! So here we have consummate actor Hal Holbrook, complemented by Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes, Jonathan Tucker, and Maggie Grace. Your next thought may be: There must be a lot to look forward to, with such a capable cast. Well, the results are mostly lackluster. Grace plays "Sophie," on her own in New York since her Dad's death, who finally runs out of money, so she goes home to her alcoholic Mom, "Caroline" (Lahti, a personal favorite and the 1988 L.A. Film Critics Best Actress award winner for the twice-as-good "Running on Empty," who deserves a much better role than this). But Sophie feels guilty for what we later learn was her Dad's suicide, so attention-seeking and reckless behavior (including sleeping with a stranger on a bus) is Sophie's norm, with a college education seemingly not in her future. But when her Mom breaks her leg in the barn, Sophie feels obligated to stay a while and to also show some responsibility by taking a temporary job as caretaker to "Harry Pleasant" (Holbrook, also too good for this film), who's in the early stages of Alzheimer's, a relationship from which her appreciation of life seems renewed. Sophie also meets up with her old boyfriend "Billy" (Tucker), who proclaims his love for her, but she initially says her feelings aren't mutual (and I believe her, especially when, after seeing Billy flirt with another girl in town, she runs into the bus stranger again and nearly sleeps with him...again. Then, later, we're supposed to believe it when Sophie says that she loves Billy after all? Really? Does Sophie blame her Mom for her Dad's death?Read more ›
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