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HIGHLAND PARK follows a group of high school faculty members and their desire to improve their community. Confronted with overwhelming problems and limited resources, their lives and priorities change when money seemingly falls into their lap.
About the Actor
William Albert Billy Burke (born November 25, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight and its sequels, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. He is also known for his role as Gary Matheson in the second season of 24. In 2011, he played Cesaire in Red Riding Hood. In 2012, he was cast as the lead character, Miles Matheson (no connection to character on 24) in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution, created by Eric Kripke and produced by J. J. Abrams.
Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films. As a result, she has been referred to as the Queen of the Indies.
Danny Lebern Glover (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, as Michael Harrigan in Predator 2, as corrupt cop James McFee inWitness, as Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film franchise, as Detective David Tapp in Saw, and as George Knox in Angels in the Outfield. He has also appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.
Top Customer Reviews
Set in Highland Park (big surprise there), a community in Detroit, the film introduces us to the staff of a dilapidated high school. In dire financial straits, the school is facing enormous cut-backs and massive lay-offs. For an unexplained reason, a diverse group of employees (principal, teachers, handy man, bus driver) get together every week to purchase communal lottery tickets. I tried not to dwell on why this particular enclave of people would have gotten together to do this in the first place, many don't seem to have much in common. So I just went with it. One fateful evening, the winning numbers are announced and life will forever be altered for our assortment of characters.Read more ›
They begin dreaming of how to fix their lives -- and their school, library, and community! Relatives pressure them for handouts. Some of them play Santa Claus. Others cave in to public pressure to donate money.
Trouble is, they don't YET have the winning ticket...
Then it turns out they did NOT win after all!
Danny Glover, who normally bought the ticket every week, picked different numbers this time around. He returns from his camping trip to find that all his friends are spending money they don't have. Now he must break the bad news to them.
Up till now, the film was a fairly decent, AUTHENTIC human drama. The sort independent films do best. But that didn't satisfy the filmmaker, for some reason. So the film does a sudden turnaround at the last minute, tacking on an ARTIFICIALLY happy, sappy ending.
Other indie films that wimped out like this include Driven and An Invisible Sign.
HIGHLAND PARK has some other problems. Some of the characters are too overdrawn -- way too noble. Especially Danny Glover, as the retired school handyman. He comes in for free every day to fix things, though he is no longer paid. And he feels so bad about losing the mega-millions lotto for everyone that he withdraws his life savings -- $37,000 -- to give to everyone.Read more ›
Since Billy Burke, Danny Glover, Rockmund Dunbar, Kimberly Elise and Vernee Watson are in this movie, I decided to watch. It wasn't as entertaining as I hoped it would be and there was too much profanity, but it was somewhat interesting. The film sends messages about handling money, greed, abuse of authoritative power, parental responsibility, friendship and forgiveness.
How could they go on and spend all that money without having actual conformation. Surely the lottery officials would have stepped in after that news conference and said--these individuals have not claimed their ticket. I get that they were doing this for ten years but, there's trust, and then there's too much suspension of disbelief.
Otherwise it was a sweet little film, maybe too neat in its finale, but any excuse to watch Parker Posey in action is fine with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't waste your time. .The plot was not the best. The quality of wasn't that great. The sound was to low to hear even with the TV turn all the way up. The movie had a heart.. Read morePublished 23 months ago by andrea clark
This movie was Terrible. It was a waste of my time. Two hours gone. It least it put me to sleep.Published on November 13, 2013 by Decorating Cents
Il have liked the picture and specially Parker posey who is fantastic. The picture is original and interesting. The story is very interestingPublished on October 24, 2013 by Mr. Daval Rene
I really tried to give this DVD a four star review but just couldn't bring myself to that level. It's just too predictable. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Steve Ramm
I grew up in Highland Park in the 50's and 60's, have followed
Highland Park ever since. After so many financial hardships,
glad this movie will help out the library!