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Why Stop Now?


3.9 out of 5 stars (37) IMDb 5.6/10

Why Stop Now? tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, and his mother Penny (Leo) who despite her cheerful, loving disposition, struggles with drug addiction.

Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo
Supporting actors Tracy Morgan, Emma Rayne Lyle, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephanie March, Paul Calderon, Neal Huff, Jayce Bartok, Harper Dill, Tanya Wright, Marilyn Berry, Luna Catarevas, Kai Chapman, Stephen Payne, Nicole Quinn, Ryan McCarthy, Jay Israelson, Sebastian Blanck
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Social outcast and bad drinker Eli( Jesse Eisenberg) works as a stock boy but aspires to go to a prestigious arts college. His former teacher Dave (Neal Huff) has managed to arrange an audition for him. On the morning of the audition, Eli attempts to quickly straighten out a home life that has always teetered on disaster. His sister Nicole (Emma Rayne Lyle) talks to people through a foul mouthed sock puppet that needs to be laundered. His waitress mother (Melissa Leo) needs to go to rehab. However things don't go as planned.

Rehab won't accept Eli's mother Penny because her urine is currently clean and she doesn't have insurance. They suggest she do drugs to dirty up her urine. Eli aids and abets his mother on her quest. He runs into the likes of drug dealer "Sprinkles" (Tracy Morgan). At this point the comedy kicks into gear. Eli ends up as a translator between Sprinkles and his Spanish speaking connection.

The film has some comedy scenes, most notable when Tracy Morgan is involved, but for the most part it is a drama that involves people with some type of problem which can be argued that they center around Penny's addiction. It is not a dark comedy per se, the comedy is not about dark material.

Eli's attraction for Chloe (Sarah Ramos) didn't seem to be well developed. Tracy Morgan as a drug dealer and his sidekick Black (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) lacked credibility in those roles as they were comically written while the other characters were more serious. It is a feel good movie, but not one that will make you hold your side with laughter.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, no sex, no nudity.
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Format: Blu-ray
Heartfelt family drama or wacky screwball road trip? The new film "Why Stop Now?" tries to combine these two disparate genres. The end result is a chaotic scramble that is at its most successful when it quiets down and trusts its characters. The film boasts A-list talent like Melissa Leo and Jesse Eisenberg, here playing mother and son. Epitomizing the frustrations of a deeply troubled family unit, the two actually have a fair number of effective and emotional scenes. There is an underlying truth to the central story that is easy to identify with. But this is not intended to be a serious study of dysfunction and addiction, the screenplay also wants to take us on a ribald and outrageous journey. Personally, I think that sounds like a fine idea. The problem is that these scenes severely clash with the more nuanced moments. I won't deny that "Why Stop Now?" made me smile at a few of its sillier situations, but this might be a case of trying too hard! Instead of clever dialogue or amusing writing, every member of the cast simply ups the volume on their performance for the comedy bits. And louder does not make anything more funny. The actors are game and committed, the screenplay just doesn't back them up.

Eisenberg plays a piano prodigy going to the biggest audition of his life. This happens to coincide with the day that Leo is going to enter a rehabilitation facility for her on-going drug problem. As the responsible member of the family, Eisenberg is nearly cracking under the pressure especially when considering the options for his future. The audition might be his escape, if only he can get his mom to step up to the plate for his younger sister. An unexpected turn at the treatment program, however, derails their whole day.
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I am going to go 5 stars on this movie for a variety of reasons. it is a smart movie with fast and snappy dialog. it has wonderful performances by all involved. it held my attention without guns or explosions. This is a tory of a young man who has the possibility to go off from home and become a great pianist...the one thing holding him back is his drug addict mother who finally wants to go to rehab and they won't take her...the reason, she had no drugs in her system. so off to get her drugs....and here comes a series of wacky and nutty happenings. I won't say more except, jesse him and he is always great, as the Mom, Melissa Leo she is sensational and Tracy Morgan and his partner....Hysterical.
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Format: DVD
Why Stop Now is mostly a comedy that begins on such a promising note before eventually falling apart. I can't help but feel the writers missed the boat and didn't know how to wrap up the film with a satisfying conclusion.

When an expert piano player (played by Jesse Eisenberg) takes his mother to a drug rehabilitation center, it's discovered that his moms urine is unusually clean so... in order to be granted permission into the drug center, she has to come up with a way to get drugs into her system and taint her urine, lol. That's pretty funny! So, she gets Jesse involved in a drug obtaining scheme that initially involves wearing a disguise costume and pretending to be a drug addict himself looking for a quick fix, but this quickly turns into an entirely different matter as one offbeat situation after another develops, and the drug dealers discover they're being visited by Jesse for other reasons.

However, because Jesse knows the Spanish language, the drug dealers drag Jesse (and his mom) to a restaurant where a secret meeting with *other* drug dealers concerning high-priced drugs takes place. The conversation we see here between Jesse and the drug dealers (the African American and the Spanish guy sitting at the table) is the best moment of writing in the entire movie for me. Loved this scene! Everything seems so promising up to this point until... well, eventually the storyline fizzles out. The strength of this storyline clearly should have been on the drug dealers because the oddball and unrealistic relationship they develop with Jesse and his mother as they travel around town is easily the high point of the storytelling, however it all goes to waste shortly after this scene.
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