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Everyday People

4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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(Drama) This intimate ensemble drama tells the interconnected stories of a group of racially diverse New Yorkers who rub elbows in Raskin's, a venerable Brooklyn diner and NYC institution whose Jewish owner has just revealed he plans to sell off the place to make way for condominiums and newer, more "gentrified" establishments. Told over the course of a single workday, the film challenges conventional assumptions about class and racial identity. If you think you know everyday people by what they look like ... you better think again.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio commentary with Writer/Director Jim McKay and Executive Producer Nelson George
Featurette:The Process: A featurette detailing the production of Everday People from script to screen


Special Features

  • Script-to-screen featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Nathan De'Shon Myers, Jordan Gelber, Bridget Barkan, Stephen Henderson, Sydnee Stewart
  • Directors: Jim McKay
  • Writers: Jim McKay
  • Producers: Jim McKay, Becky Glupczynski, Caldecot Chubb, Effie Brown, Melissa Maxwell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067BCAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everyday People" on IMDb

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A low budget ensemble film that deserves a wider audience. A character study of a Brooklyn Jewish owned restaurant (a neighborhood insitution for decades) that seems destined to be sold in the name of progress to shrewd developers whose plan to upscale a working class, on the decline neighborhood.

Employees and customers (many, regulars) must come to grips with personal family and societal issues that are all too real.

The acting is first rate, the script a winner with realistic dialogue.Caveat. The film has a "cheaper hand held camera feel" and a somewhat uneven music score but this is a solid piece of cinema that gives us the real tempo and beat of a Brooklyn the way life often is....full of hopes, dreams, racial and ethnic

diatribes, working class versus upscale mentality, the haves and the have nots and so much more.
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I found this movie to be a bit off putting when I first saw it. So what is this movie about? I asked myself. The answer is a bit simpler than I usually expect and a bit more complex too. It is about a diner located in Brooklyn which is undergoing gentrification. The owners of the diner are expected to sell out to some corporate giants such as Banana Republic and Hard Rock Cafe. The area is run down and has been going down for a long time. The working class people who frequent the restaurant and work there are just on the cusp of poverty. Their lives aren't the greatest, but there is no promise that the area will allow them to better their lives. The diner is a symbol of some stability and safety. The script was written after several practices in repretory theatre. The acting is terrific and very enjoyable to watch. I found that the movie grew on me with repeated viewings. There is always another layer to uncover. A very nice movie and well worth a viewer's time.
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I first saw Everyday People on HBO and thought it was another BeyondThe Horizon by O'Neil. The movie was shot in a famous restaurant I use to eat in which closed it's door before the film was made. I would like to see Everyday People on The Broadway stage as a play. Powerful movie about everyday people and the lose in their lives. Another play that come into my mind is The Ice Man Cometh, another O"Neil play. If you like O'Neil as I do, you should like Everyday People. Before closing, I should mention Wilder's Our Town which is another fine play of the same caliber.
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By Cosmoetica on September 10, 2008
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In 2004 HBO Films decided to try their hand at the polemical subject of race in New York. Usually, this results in ill wrought PC crap like Spike Lee's 1989 fantasy, Do The Right Thing. Instead, they crafted an improvisational workshop concoction called Everyday People, about the closing of a fictive Jewish deli and restaurant called Raskin's in the heart of Brooklyn. And, the truth is, it's not a bad film. Is it great? No. Is it in a league with such classic New York films as Manhattan or My Dinner With Andre? No. But it is Do The Right Thing admixed with last year's Oscar winner, Crash; except that it's better written. Yes, it is a film filled with vignettes, and some don't work, but about three quarters of them work well enough for me to recommend the film.... My only lament over Everyday People is that the scenes that do not work, which get a little too speechy and preachy, seem to have come, from McKay's own admission, the improv process. Any artist has to have a real vision of their art. Without it, it gets ungainly and formless, which mars parts of this film. A better screenwriter could have tightened this film up into something excellent, perhaps even great, rather than merely being good. Nonetheless, when it is good, the film is quite good, and much better than Do The Right Thing or Crash. Sometimes, especially when you just want to relax and watch a `little' movie- one sans graphic sex and/or violence, that's more than enough.
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I watched this movie last night 07-30-07 and found it to be very New York, the rating for it is way off and without a hint on the case I had no idea that the language would be so profane even when it was clearly not needed to get the actors point across. There is a scene where there is nudity again not mention in anyone reviews or on the case. Having said all that I did like the story which is really about life "any persons" life in any city where the tradition tried to fit in with the new and changing landscape of life. Would have gone 5 stars but the language and the stint of nudity dropped it by 1 star.
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i liked this movie a lot... very interesting, realistic relationships between all the characters. i also loved that it gave me a little piece of brooklyn. :)

i won't give too much away... but i'm waiting for a sequel or television series. i would love to know the choices that these characters have made! :)
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I saw this movie in bits and pieces when it originally aired on HBO and never quite saw the whole thing. It bugged me for years. Then I finally decided to find it. And I'm glad I did. Everyday People is a look into the lives of people trying to make it. The characters, portrayed by relatively unknown actors, are rich and interesting. I'm only sorry the piece is so short. Excellent little picture.
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