The Outside Story

6.41 h 25 min202016+
Charles Young (Brian Tyree Henry), a broken-hearted video editor who recently broken up with his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green), sequesters himself at home. But then Charles locks himself out of his apartment, he's forced to meet his previously avoided neighbors, who show him everyone's got issues and it never helps to keep them all locked up inside.
Casimir Nozkowski
Brian Tyree HenrySonequa Martin-GreenSunita Mani
English [CC]
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Olivia EdwardAsia Kate DillonMaria DizziaMatthew MaherOlivia EdwardSuzette GunnRick D. WassermanMichael Cyril CreightonRebecca Naomi Jones
Brian NewmanFrank Hall GreenJoseph Stephans
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midnightReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Understated, charming story
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If you're looking for car chases, this isn't for you. It's an understated story of a man who is forced to interact with the world outside of his apartment. Pleasant.
Tobias K RuggerReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The funny, heartwarming and real movie we need right now
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The Outside Story's real, witty, intimate dialogue between the friends, neighbors and strangers with whom Bryan Tyree Henry interacts as he walks around his block after locking himself out of his home, and his memories of conversations with his ex-girlfriend, Sonequa Martin-Green, is a gust of fresh, sweet air for those of us who have been purposely sequestering ourselves from our neighbors, due to COVID or simply due to our habits of urban living. It's both a sweet and smart celebration of the rare but special experience we've all had, that even when the challenges of urban living and being an adult get us down, sometimes when we least expect it, the kids, elders, and other members of our communities can lift us up, with performances from a talented and diverse cast that are a joy to watch -- the kinds of conversations that people of different backgrounds have with each other when they're at their best, which we need to see more of. It's a good reminder that sometimes home is even more special on the other side of the locked door.
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Ronald JamesReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Don't you hate it when your mind tells you to rent it first, you love it, and then you want to buy it. Bryan Tyree Henry reminds me so much of my baby brother and I can't help but love his humanity in these movies. He's my new favorite actor and I hope to see him in more movies in the future. This is an outstanding movie and worth the purchase.


erin edmisonReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A cinematic version of mutual aid!
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Everyone’s saying it, and it’s true: this is the movie for this moment! We’ve all become a bit like Brian Tyree Henry’s character— a bit scared of the world, a bit too comfortable with our confines. But as this funny, charming, sweetheart of a movie shows, our lives and the world are improved if we push ourselves a little bit and meet our neighbors. Henry is a wonderfully expressive actor, and he makes his character as lovable as he is stubborn. The rest of the cast of Brooklynites remind us of what’s great about living in a city; you never know when that person you live below or next to or above could become a friend. A total gem!!
Lauren D.Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing, and sweet film with stellar performances & original music
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This film is a welcome, refreshing perspective on NYC and, in particular, daily neighborhood life in Brooklyn. Among other things, the film depicts how most people, despite the all-too-familiar stigma of living in Brooklyn, are truly inviting, warm, interesting, and willing to help even a stranger who's locked himself out of his apartment. All the performances are amazing, the ever-present golden hue of fall in NYC also contributes the overall warm feel of this film, and the original score is another welcomed breath of fresh air. Check this out, you won't be sorry.
Robert MarkowitzReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Genius! Lovable main character. Poignant surprises.
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The Outside Story, a feature film by Casimir Nozkowski debuted is genius! Also slyly funny and a real human interest story. The acting is great. It's got a real sense of place: Brooklyn. The main character is so relatable, even lovable, but he can't forgive his girlfriend who cheated on him. It complicates things that he's become agoraphobic more-or-less, and hasn't met any of his neighbors, that is until he locks himself out of his apartment. A simple premise but he's in for an odyssey of funny and meaningful turns which stretch him in unexpected ways. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 94. So I'm not the only one who loved it.
L. WrightReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun movie
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Brian Tyree makes the movie. It can get a big dragged out waiting for him to get back inside, but it's a good message. Get outside and meet your neighbors.
Molly HaskellReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film with immeasurable buoyancy and charm!
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What a great antidote to pandemic anxiety. It's so much fun being locked outside with Brian Tyree Henry, a slackerish documentary maker. He puts together memorial videos for TCM, and hustles to interview the subjects before they die, while encountering kindred (and not so kindred) souls in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Casimir Nozkowski's first film is a marvel of wit and nuttiness and alive with the music of human interaction.
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