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Much of the production, though set in NY, was shot in Palm Springs.
Young Peck is astonishing in his sweet-natured optimism and his confident stillness. Dressed in crisp whites, it's easy to see him as an angel. In fact, some viewers are certain this was intended, but Evered is evasive.
Evered is a significant new writer/director to watch. Look for his latest film, A THOUSAND CUTS.
Not recommended for those who like lots of action, but rather for those who like good dialogue and superb acting. ADOPT A SAILOR was a terrific surprise.
to an enthused crowd last week at Cape May Stage. It stars Bebe Neuwirth (of “Cheers” and “Fraser”
fame), noted TV and film actor Peter Coyote, and relative newcomer Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory
Peck). Nuewirth and Coyote play a sophisticated Manhattan couple who sign up for the Adopt a Sailor
program whereby they host Peck for an evening.
Charles Evered (who also wrote the play “Class” currently at Cape May Stage) delivers wonderfully
written dialogue. And the cast delivers as well (Peck has that great baritone voice he no doubt inherited
from his grandfather). Look for this film wherever you get your flick fix!
Patricia (Neuwirth) comes closest to being a believable character; unlike the two men, she has more than one side: a sarcastic harridan who despises her ineffectual husband (like Martha in Woolf) and a sympathetic, even motherly woman who is aware of her own failings. Unfortunately, Neuwirth isn't well cast for either of those roles: she does sarcastic cold-hearted b!tch better than just about anybody, but when it comes to snarling and spitting like an enraged tigress (Liz Taylor's Martha), it's just acting with Neuwirth, and not very good acting.
Richard (Coyote) and Sailor (Peck) are so shallow and one-dimensional that it's surprising when they turn and you see they're not cardboard cutouts. Coyote's whining, thumb-sucking, new-age twit in this stupid movie is almost unbearable. Peck is a too-good-to-be-true angel unawares, a heavenly creature who drifts down off a cloud in his blinding-white sailor duds and his aw-shucks-y'all sincerity and sets Pat and Rich's world a-spinning. He's so perfect and squeaky-clean I kept wishing somebody would knock his teeth out, or that he'd turn out to have flaws like human beings have, but he never did.Read more ›
It is Fleet Week in New York, a time when sailors about to be shipped out to duty are given an evening of freedom with the option of accepting the invitation of families to invite them into their homes as a farewell. A young HM3 (navy corpsman) from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas played with poetic sensitivity by Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) is serendipitously 'adopted' by a dysfunctional New York couple - Patricia (Bebe Neuwirth) runs a gallery and husband Richard (Peter Coyote) makes films. As Patricia responds to the sailor's wonder, 'Movies are what people what to go see, films are what you try to convince people to see' - evidence that Patricia has been supporting the marriage so that Richard doesn't have to work except to make unwanted films: the couple is nearing dissolution. Through one evening of conversation Patricia and Richard voice their failing love, the sailor maintains an innocence about life in the big city and in doing so shares some of his own small town fears and frustrations about becoming an adult- and the three people find a new look on their lives as a result. The film is at once hilarious, verbally brutal, revealing, and genuinely tender as these three people's lives intersect to find new and healthy direction.
Ethan Peck is absolutely extraordinary in maintaining his innocent near-angel role, never becoming mawkish or a parody of 'Southern uneducated kids'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent movie. More of a play really. The characters go through changes in the space of a few hours. Very well acted imho.Published 10 months ago by Robert Terrell
I saw this on NETFLIX and fell in love with the story. It is short sweet and some great acting. And the Sailor...well lets just say Love a sailor!! Good flick!!Published 23 months ago by Jay-Dee Pooley
Yes, it is a movie, not a film (see it to get the difference). Made on only $300,000, apparently none spent on advertising, this is a wonderful movie.Published on August 11, 2013 by Stephen R. Stapleton
I almost passed it up because it looked corny on the surface. It may be intentional
that it appears this way, but it is a very different story. Read more
If you think you've seen this or that it's been done already, you are firmly in the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" ballpark. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Saint Exupery