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A Beginner's Guide to Endings

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Duke White (Harvey Keitel) hasn't been an ideal father to his five boys. An inveterate gambler who never experienced a windfall he couldn't blow within twenty-four hours, he has come to the end of his rope, literally. Years ago, he signed up his three eldest sons for unsafe drug tests that turned out to have dire consequences: the boys' life expectancy have been substantially reduced. Upon receiving the news after their father's funeral, the sons return to their family home in Niagara Falls, where they respond to their eminent demises in different yet equally hilarious ways.

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  • Actors: Scott Caan, Paul Costanzo, Jason Jones, Tricia Helfer, J.K. Simmons
  • Directors: Jonathan Sobol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006YWIBAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Maybe I'm just easy to please but I loved this movie. essentially, we have a dad who sires 5 sons with 3 different women. He is a really bad dad, really bad. Well, the only thing for him to do is kill himself which brings the 5 sons together for the funeral and some really interesting literature in the way of the will. Keep in mind that this is a very dark comedy, some good laughs and some you may also cringe when you hear them. All 5 of the sons are terrific, Harvey is terrific...so is big Mitch....you'll see. So many quirky characters to be found....loved each and every one.
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There is an appealing cast and a number of great ideas inherent in Jonathan Sobol's film "A Beginner's Guide To Endings," so I was really hoping for a deliciously dark comedy. But instead of focusing on the cleverness of the set-up, the screenplay opts for the slapstick choice at every opportunity. Thus, the film often feels like a live action cartoon when it might have been so much more. Purposefully over-the-top and unrelentingly quirky, the film never really develops its characters in a way that might connect you to their wacky antics. With the actors involved, the potential for this film to be really solid is apparent. And the bits that do work make me long for a more cohesive end product, one that was reliant on heart and smarts as opposed to the easiest laughs. Still "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" is amusing enough, if overly contrived, it just doesn't connect on the emotional level that it seems to desire.

The movie begins with Harvey Keitel in full suicide mode. As the patriarch of a family of five sons (from three different women), he has some major regrets in relating his tale of woe. As the boys get together in the aftermath of Keitel's disappearance, they learn a startling secret that has the oldest three facing down mortality itself. What would you choose to do if you found out your days were numbered? That is the question posed. The eldest, Jason Jones, has a chance to protect a younger brother and reclaim boxing glory. Scott Caan, a lothario that can't settle down, wants to reunite with the perceived love of his life (a nice change of pace for Tricia Helfer). And Paulo Costanzo wants to fulfill a bucket list of ridiculously dangerous tasks.
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This is one of my favorite Scott Caan movies! It is funny and actually puts out an amazing message about family and luck (it just does it in a crazy, ingenious way). I would definitely recommend this movie. It doesn't cost too much and it is worth the watch.
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There is an appealing cast and a number of great ideas inherent in Jonathan Sobol's film "A Beginner's Guide To Endings," so I was really hoping for a deliciously dark comedy. But instead of focusing on the cleverness of the set-up, the screenplay opts for the slapstick choice at every opportunity. Thus, the film often feels like a live action cartoon when it might have been so much more. Purposefully over-the-top and unrelentingly quirky, the film never really develops its characters in a way that might connect you to their wacky antics. With the actors involved, the potential for this film to be really solid is apparent. And the bits that do work make me long for a more cohesive end product, one that was reliant on heart and smarts as opposed to the easiest laughs. Still "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" is amusing enough, if overly contrived, it just doesn't connect on the emotional level that it seems to desire.

The movie begins with Harvey Keitel in full suicide mode. As the patriarch of a family of five sons (from three different women), he has some major regrets in relating his tale of woe. As the boys get together in the aftermath of Keitel's disappearance, they learn a startling secret that has the oldest three facing down mortality itself. What would you choose to do if you found out your days were numbered? That is the question posed. The eldest, Jason Jones, has a chance to protect a younger brother and reclaim boxing glory. Scott Caan, a lothario that can't settle down, wants to reunite with the perceived love of his life (a nice change of pace for Tricia Helfer). And Paulo Costanzo wants to fulfill a bucket list of ridiculously dangerous tasks. The movie follows these separate threads (and a few others) as each tries to affirm some meaning to the life they've lived.
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I have an honestly tough time explaining why this movie didn't do more for me. All the pieces are there, from good performances(which you expect from Harvey Kietel or JK Simmons: less so from the often one note comic stylings of Jason Jones, who nails his part) to a quirky storyline, some sharp writing, some interesting twists.
All the same, there is a definite lack of edge here, a final connection that just isn't made with the audience. This is a collection of interesting characters, with interesting character traits, but I never found myself to really care all that much. It was a bit like being a passenger on a section of the interstate you've never been to, catching your eye but not really upsetting you as you pass by.
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