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Why Stop Now? 2012 UNRATED CC

3.9 out of 5 stars (38) IMDb 5.5/10

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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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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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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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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A highly entertaining rollicking escapade. Full of funny moments, the film's strong cast (Tracy Morgan, Jessie Eisenberg, and Melissa Leo) really makes this a wild ride!
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Why Stop Now is mostly a comedy that begins on such a promising note before eventually falling apart. I can't help but feel the writers missed the boat and didn't know how to wrap up the film with a satisfying conclusion.

When an expert piano player (played by Jesse Eisenberg) takes his mother to a drug rehabilitation center, it's discovered that his moms urine is unusually clean so... in order to be granted permission into the drug center, she has to come up with a way to get drugs into her system and taint her urine, lol. That's pretty funny! So, she gets Jesse involved in a drug obtaining scheme that initially involves wearing a disguise costume and pretending to be a drug addict himself looking for a quick fix, but this quickly turns into an entirely different matter as one offbeat situation after another develops, and the drug dealers discover they're being visited by Jesse for other reasons.

However, because Jesse knows the Spanish language, the drug dealers drag Jesse (and his mom) to a restaurant where a secret meeting with *other* drug dealers concerning high-priced drugs takes place. The conversation we see here between Jesse and the drug dealers (the African American and the Spanish guy sitting at the table) is the best moment of writing in the entire movie for me. Loved this scene! Everything seems so promising up to this point until... well, eventually the storyline fizzles out. The strength of this storyline clearly should have been on the drug dealers because the oddball and unrealistic relationship they develop with Jesse and his mother as they travel around town is easily the high point of the storytelling, however it all goes to waste shortly after this scene.
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