Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
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Precocious yet vulnerable teenager James (extraordinary newcomer Toby Regbo) has a deep appreciation for the world, but no idea how to live in it. Finding no help from his divorced parents (Marcia Gay Harden and Peter Gallagher), nor his twenty-year-old memoir-writing sister (Deborah Ann Woll), James decides to reject the assumptions that govern the adult world, starting with his potential college career. Grappling with his future, his sexuality, and his screwed up family, James embarks on a search for wisdom through nontraditional means, aided by the eccentricities of his grandmother (Ellen Burstyn), and flings with his therapist (Lucy Liu). Based on the bestselling novel by Peter Cameron, SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU is a funny and heartfelt coming of age story about the often strange experiences that help define a life.
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James is working for his mother at the art gallery the summer before entering Brown. He is not certain he wants to go to college, which upsets his family. His parents have enlisted the assistance of a psychotherapist/ career counselor, Lucy Liu, to help James. They run while thy talk and Lucy tells James she thinks he is a smart young man. It is OK to be confused and he will fnd hs way. Grandma, Nanette, tells him the same. James meets her every weekend at her house. James's mom and Nanette have not spoken for awhile. It seems to me that the entire family could use Lucy Liu. James is a likable young man and the actor who plays him is superb, a terrific actor.
'Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You' turns the agonizing life choices of a 17-year-old boy into the stuff of high drama. This is a quiet little film, that turns it's charm on all of us.
Recommended. prisrob 06-10-13
James Sveck (Toby Regbo) is a lonely young teenager who is tortured by his grossly unstable home environment and is fraught with hating people, suicidal thoughts, depression, and the preference for solitude. It is the summer before he goes off to college at Brown University and he is conflicted: his vain lothario father (Peter Gallagher) insists that he go to college, his gallery owner mother (Marcia Gay Harden) has just returned form Las Vegas and her third failed marriage - this time to a compulsive gambler (Stephen Lang); his sister Gillian (Deborah Ann Woll) is writing her memoir and falling for an older married Polish professor; and James is working with his mother's gallery director (Gilbert Owuor), trying to make since of art, people, relationships and the chaos of the world that confuses him - the last thing he wants is to enter the college world. His mother lines him up with a Life Coach (Lucy Liu) and slowly James begins to come to grips with a past bad memory and to learn to accept who he is as someone worth living. James only loving connection to the world is his grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and from her he learns a lot about the vagaries of life and how to cope. The story is told in the first person narration which helps give an intimate inside view of James as he works through his life at the therapy sessions which his parents insist he attend and it is in this manner that we learn about James's past and present through the stories he tells and his recounting of previous therapy sessions and the ambivalences and uncertainties of adolescence.
The film manages to balance teenage angst and relationship failures with an equal amount of drama and comedy. This is one of those films that linger in memory long after the final credits. Grady Harp, October 12
That being said, one needs to enter the film in an independent / art film frame of mind. Though focusing on a high school protagonist, this isn't "Superbad" or "Mean Girls" where the concrete goals are getting the girl/guy or throwing the best party of their high school lives. "Someday" is more subtle, an emotional look at how one teenager's isolation truly feels like the end of the world to him. And who hasn't felt that at one point?
Plus, an awesome cameo by Parks & Rec's Aubrey Plaza :)
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This movie even though not super exciting has a great life lesson.