Why Stop Now? 2012 UNRATED CC

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Why Stop Now? tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, and his mother Penny (Leo) who despite her cheerful, loving disposition, struggles with drug addiction.

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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Why Stop Now?

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo
Supporting actors Tracy Morgan, Emma Rayne Lyle, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephanie March, Paul Calderon, Neal Huff, Jayce Bartok, Harper Dill, Tanya Wright, Marilyn Berry, Luna Catarevas, Kai Chapman, Stephen Payne, Nicole Quinn, Ryan McCarthy, Jay Israelson, Sebastian Blanck
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I think Why Stop Now being so short is the biggest problem.
B. E Jackson
Hey guys, if you are looking for a very funny film that deals with interesting issues and has a great cast, this is it!
erwan berjonneau
Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan were very well matched.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on July 21, 2012
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Social outcast and bad drinker Eli( Jesse Eisenberg) works as a stock boy but aspires to go to a prestigious arts college. His former teacher Dave (Neal Huff) has managed to arrange an audition for him. On the morning of the audition, Eli attempts to quickly straighten out a home life that has always teetered on disaster. His sister Nicole (Emma Rayne Lyle) talks to people through a foul mouthed sock puppet that needs to be laundered. His waitress mother (Melissa Leo) needs to go to rehab. However things don't go as planned.

Rehab won't accept Eli's mother Penny because her urine is currently clean and she doesn't have insurance. They suggest she do drugs to dirty up her urine. Eli aids and abets his mother on her quest. He runs into the likes of drug dealer "Sprinkles" (Tracy Morgan). At this point the comedy kicks into gear. Eli ends up as a translator between Sprinkles and his Spanish speaking connection.

The film has some comedy scenes, most notable when Tracy Morgan is involved, but for the most part it is a drama that involves people with some type of problem which can be argued that they center around Penny's addiction. It is not a dark comedy per se, the comedy is not about dark material.

Eli's attraction for Chloe (Sarah Ramos) didn't seem to be well developed. Tracy Morgan as a drug dealer and his sidekick Black (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) lacked credibility in those roles as they were comically written while the other characters were more serious. It is a feel good movie, but not one that will make you hold your side with laughter.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, no sex, no nudity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By erwan berjonneau on July 17, 2012
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Hey guys, if you are looking for a very funny film that deals with interesting issues and has a great cast, this is it! Highly suggested...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Richardson on February 9, 2013
Format: DVD
Note: May contain Spoilers. Proceed witch caution.

Why stop Now is one of those films that went completely under my radar. I didn't hear any talk about it, I saw no trailers leading up to its release, and I didn't even know it existed in theaters. When I saw the box at the video store I noticed that it had Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan in it. Now Jesse Eisenberg is easily on of my favorite actors to blow up in the last decade and Tracy Morgan is a fantastic comedian. The little description on the back honestly didn't look too appealing, but I figured why not? Let me tell you, that little description did not do this film justice.

The movie starts off towards the middle of the story and then we'll get a flashback to the night before. As the movie progresses, the viewer eventually reaches the point we started at and you continue on until it concludes. From start to finish I was fully engaged in this wonderful story. Not only was it deep, thought-provoking, and wonderfully written, but it had enough comedic elements to lighten the mood when things got to be a little too much.

In short, you follow one specific day in Eli Bloom's (Esienerg) life. Eli is a twenty-something year old (24?) piano player who has a pretty tough life at home. His mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), is a drug addict. Eli's plan is to get her to rehab so he can drive out to Boston and be on time for his piano audition. Unfortunately, because Penny has been sober for a few days and she has no insurance, the clinic says they are unable to take her unless she comes in with "dirty" urine.

When Penny tells this to Eli he, out of desperation, tells her that he will take her to get drugs from her dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), and he'll even pay for them himself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JLyn Simonson on September 9, 2012
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It's a delight to see the members of this cast flex their acting muscles. Eisenberg and Leo are wonderful in their total lack of self awarness when it comes to their mutual craziness, and it's great to see Morgan acting somewhat like a normal but still funny human being (he's a drug dealer yet more stable than the others)rather than whatever it is he's playing on the more well-known 30 Rock. I want to see more Tracy Morgan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By catgirl88 on August 23, 2012
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The originality of the story really drew me in, and the performances were solid- Tracy Morgan in particular surprised me by being so good in a more serious role. But what really stood out was the situational comedy- I found myself enjoying scene after scene of unusual settings and well-written secondary characters. It was a great balance of levity against the serious issue of drug addiction.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ccbgirl on August 28, 2012
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There were many things to appreciate in Why Stop Now. First, what fabulous casting! Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan were very well matched. Tracy keeps it funny with his jokes, Jesse has his usual quirkiness to his character and Melissa is completely outrageous. Isiah Whitlock Jr. is a perfect companion for Tracy Morgan. They work so well together and are hilarious! While the story line is very serious, they make it comical while keeping it light. I do believe these issues should be taken very seriously, but Jesse handles it with grace and perseverance. There are so many funny and outrageous scenes that occur. My favorite being the drug purchase. Finally, I love the musical element of the story! Definitely a must see!!
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Heartfelt family drama or wacky screwball road trip? The new film "Why Stop Now?" tries to combine these two disparate genres. The end result is a chaotic scramble that is at its most successful when it quiets down and trusts its characters. The film boasts A-list talent like Melissa Leo and Jesse Eisenberg, here playing mother and son. Epitomizing the frustrations of a deeply troubled family unit, the two actually have a fair number of effective and emotional scenes. There is an underlying truth to the central story that is easy to identify with. But this is not intended to be a serious study of dysfunction and addiction, the screenplay also wants to take us on a ribald and outrageous journey. Personally, I think that sounds like a fine idea. The problem is that these scenes severely clash with the more nuanced moments. I won't deny that "Why Stop Now?" made me smile at a few of its sillier situations, but this might be a case of trying too hard! Instead of clever dialogue or amusing writing, every member of the cast simply ups the volume on their performance for the comedy bits. And louder does not make anything more funny. The actors are game and committed, the screenplay just doesn't back them up.

Eisenberg plays a piano prodigy going to the biggest audition of his life. This happens to coincide with the day that Leo is going to enter a rehabilitation facility for her on-going drug problem. As the responsible member of the family, Eisenberg is nearly cracking under the pressure especially when considering the options for his future. The audition might be his escape, if only he can get his mom to step up to the plate for his younger sister. An unexpected turn at the treatment program, however, derails their whole day.
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