Lullaby 2014 R CC

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Jonathan's father has chosen to take himself off life support. What follows is an unexpected journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness.

Starring:
Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Andrew Levitas
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins
Supporting actors Anne Archer, Jessica Brown Findlay, Amy Adams, Jessica Barden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Zac Ballard, Frankie Shaw, Daniel Sunjata, Danielle Kotch, Miles Kath, Maddie Corman, Anne Vyalitsyna, Julian Shatkin, Darren Le Gallo, Sharon Hope, Russell Koplin, Tom Riis Farrell
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2014
Format: DVD
Andrew Levitas makes his screenwriting and directing debut in this little film LULLABY and for a first time effort, despite all the rough unfinished edges of the canvas, he gives notice of a man with a fairly keen perception of the complex interrelationships of dysfunctional families.

Jonathan Lowenstein (Garrett Hedlund) lives in Los Angeles attempting to become a singer of note and has been estranged from his wealthy New York family for years, always feeling as though he was unable to live up to his father's expectations. One day, he suddenly receives word that his terminally ill father Robert Lowenstein (Richard Jenkins) wishes to be taken off life support after a 12 year struggle with lung cancer and has 36 hours to live. When he agrees to visit his father, he unintentionally sets up a family conflict with no easy resolution. His mother (Annie Archer) has been caretaker of Robert and is happy to have the family reunited: Karen (Jessica Brown Findlay), the younger sister in law school, struggles with resentment for Jonathan, Jonathan detests the fact that he must observe the dying wishes of Robert (including setting up Seder when Jonathan has a history of disregarding his Jewish heritage), cope with Karen's acerbic flairs, deal with a stranger Meredith (Jessica Barden) who is 17 years old and dying of bone cancer who shares her needs with Jonathan and he with her, and re-encountering his lost love Emily (Amy Adams). Some of the best moments are provided by Jennifer Hudson as the potty mouth bitchy nurse, Terence Howard as the attending physician who is to aids Robert's `assisted suicide', and Daniel Sunjata as a policeman who joins in the Seder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on September 8, 2014
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This is a personal family story about the decision of the father, Robert Lowenstein (Richard Jenkins), to end his time on life support within a forty-eight hour period. He has been fighting cancer for over twelve years with only a six month prognosis upon receiving his diagnosis. Being familiar myself with the end stages of life while working in hospice care for a long while, I didn't choose to get overly picky with the different issues I saw that were errant with his hospital room procedures. I chose to concentrate on the circumstances this family was facing as I found this more important and what was concentrated on as the effort of the film. I am always interested in relationship movies and how families deal with different situations, this story is written and directed by a first-time at the helm, Andrew Levitas and highlights the Lowenstein family. I thought Levitas did a fine job showing what a family actually does go through. There is a clashing of emotions, a tug on each of the family's part to make a plea for him to not stop his life support, and the patient's own resolution that he is tired of fighting any longer.

Robert and his wife, Rachel (Anne Archer), have been married for thirty five years and have two children; dissimilar with their opinions, stubborn and argumentative. They did although have the chemistry two siblings naturally would. A daughter, Karen (Rachel Brown Findlay), who is called the "favorite" by their son, Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund). This slice of life story is told from the point of view of Jonathan. He has always been the wayward type feeling that he could never make his father proud of him. This is the reason that he went to Los Angeles to make his way as a singer while leaving his well-to-do family back in New York City.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachelle York on June 22, 2014
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Beautiful film. Thought provoking; gut wrenching; tear, smile and laughter producing. Hedlund was Amazing, as he always is. I Loved his 'scruffy' look, but could have done with a different hair style/cut. :-) All of the Family members were just awesome. Loved the 'side plot' with the cancer patient having her Prom. All the other 'side plots' fit in well and served the main plot in a well flowing manner. Loved this film. Beautiful film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on July 7, 2014
Format: DVD
The story centers around Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund), the wayward son who has flashbacks to his past. He has traveled from LA to be with his dying father (Richard Jenkins), who has been fighting cancer for 12 years. The family gets together, feuds, and then bonds in ways that were missing before. Sister Karen (Jessica Brown Findlay) studying law has filed a court injunction to prevent her father from being taken off the machines. This allows us to have a heart warming story about people and kids dying from cancer. Jonathan meets Meridth (Jessica Barden), a 17 year old with a death sentence as they bond smoking in the hallway.

In case you have Puffs left over from "The Fault in Our Stars," this one is designed to help you finish the box, although it really failed to create that Puffs moment until the end when they over reach for it. Amy Adams has a role far smaller than her billing. This is your typical try to feel good about life Indie with acoustical accompaniment. The film needed a few more light indie moments as it seemed to be heavy just for the sake of being heavy. Good performances by the cast.

The film teaches us that smokers are criminals and they stink.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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