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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor 2013

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2.8 out of 5 stars (5) IMDb 4.8/10

Adan Kundle (Bruce Greenwood), CEO of an advertising agency, wakes up in the hospital only able to speak through slogans. When he's forced to find long-term care, Karen (Parker Posey) reluctantly decides to take him into her home for a few days.

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Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Zack Bernbaum
Starring Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey
Supporting actors Callum Blue, Allie MacDonald, Rhys Ward, Allison Dawn Doiron, Howard Rosenstein, Natalie Radford, Jamie Spilchuk, Paul James Saunders, James Wallis, Garth Mercer, Rachel Wilson, Jessica Harmon, W. Steven Wright
Studio GoDigital
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 14, 2013
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There is an intriguing idea behind "And Now A Word From Our Sponsor" that really never fulfills its true potential. The movie might have been a scathing indictment about the ruthlessness of the advertising arena. Or it might have been a social critique about a world in which communication has been supplanted by media. It never sinks its teeth into either target very effectively, instead shooting to be an amiable relationship piece. Although a critical mistake, the movie is still more likable than you might imagine, mainly thanks to a committed Bruce Greenwood and an appealing (and less eccentric than usual) Parker Posey. Seriously, without Greenwood's inherent charm, I think I would have absolutely loathed this movie. It's one joke, and it's never very funny. The hero of the movie is a former ad executive who wakes up one day and is only able to communicate through popular slogans. Like the savant of the classic "Being There," his innocent view of the world is entirely made up by what he has seen on TV. In this case, though, the commercials provide his language. Whereas "Being There," though, was a brilliant satire and an undeniable classic, "And Now A Word from Our Sponsor" is rather toothless overall.

We never know much about Greenwood. He was brilliant and successful, but has had an unexplained break from reality. As he awaits a spot in a long-term treatment facility, Posey storms into his life. The head of charity functions for the hospital, she has once met Greenwood and is a big fan. Improbably, she agrees to house him for a few days despite the resistance of her surly daughter. Meanwhile, Greenwood's former agency is looking to oust him and his rival (Callum Blue) wants to attain irrevocable control of the company.
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The movie didn't pull at my heart strings in any way, but it was not bad. I expected a little more from some of the actors as I have thoroughly enjoyed their past work. I appreciated the originality of the script.
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This movie starts out with opens with clips of well known commercials, which if you are into commercials, you may enjoy. Adan Kundle (Bruce Greenwood) is the owner/director of Kundle ad agency. He seems to have been a big deal at one time in the ad world, but he has disappeared for about a year. It's unclear why or how Kundle managed to fly under the radar for a year. But he is found after having some sort of stroke/mental breakdown in a department store in front of all the television sets. It is also unclear what exactly the problem is and why he seems to have recovered so quickly with one residual effect - he only speaks in (popular) ad slogans.
Some strange twist of fate has Karen (Parker Posey) finding out that her hero Adan Kundle is in the same hospital where Karen happens to work. Apparently Karen attended a lecture Kundle made and she has been admiring him since that time. What's the chances of that sort of event happening? And miracle of miracles, she finds out that he is there. And the doctors just tell her what is going on with Kundle (well as much as they know)..Of course, my brain is screaming "HIPPA violations" but I've worked in medical records, so you have to excuse me.

. And because of a shortage of beds in the hospital, it is decided that Kundle should be released in Karen's care. There is no evidence anybody tried to contact his family or any other responsible party. No real reason why a possibly mentally incapacitated man should be released to Karen's care. But for the plot to move forward, this has to happen.
Karen is a single mom to a teenage (I think) girl. And she brings this man into her house without consulting her daughter or having the slightest concern that maybe it's not the best idea for me.
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reminded me of Peter Seller's "Being There", which was much, much better!.I think it was rated 4+ stars on your site?, I am hard pressed to give it three.
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"And Now A Word From Our Sponsor" (2013 release from Canada; 87 min.) opens with a clever montage of a bunch of well known TV commercials over the film's opening credits. Afterwards, we get to know Adan Kundle (played by Bruce Greenwood), who wakes up in a hospital after a dizzy spell in a store. Adan owns the Kundle TC ad agency, but is now dealing with a metal shock of some sport, and he only speaks in ad slogans. Amazingly, for eny and all situations, Adan has a n ad slogan that vaguely fits the situation. In a parallel story, we also get to know Karen (played by Parker Posey) who works at the very same hospital and knows Adan from many years ago. When Adan needs a place to stay before he can be moved to the Garden Meadows institution for further evaluation, Karen agrees to take him in for a few days. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the feature length debut of director Zack Bernbaum. Second, the premise of the movie is clever and original. Who knew you could the dialogue of a movie character in nothing but ad slogans! Third, the overall feel of the movie is one of those "little movies that could", as this movie was obviously shot on a small budget, not that it matters as such, as I thought the movie flowed quite well. Fourth, the Adan character is quite interesting. He reminds me in a way of the Peter Sellers character in "Being There", where that character also spoke in vague terms and the more vague he made it out, the more people were fooled into thinking he was some sort of a 'messiah'. Last but certainly not least, Parker Posey! I'll go see her in any role.

I picked up this movie while browsing for something good to watch. So glad I did. No, this is not some "grand" or "important
" movie". Instead, it is a clever indie-comedy that flew by in no time. I'd suggest you check this out, be it on DVD or on Amazon Instant Video.
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