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Adopt a Sailor

Peter Coyote , Bebe Neuwirth , Charles Evered    Unrated   DVD

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S AFRAID AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF meets FOREST GUMP April 26 2010
By Robin Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Adapting from his play, Charles Evered wrote and directed this sometimes-whimsical, mostly intense drama about a sophisticated, artsy, argumentative NY couple (Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote) who invite a lonely sailor (Ethan Peck) for dinner. This film, a festival favorite, is the best of old school filmmaking in which the spoken words really matter.

Much of the production, though set in NY, was shot in Palm Springs.

Young Peck is astonishing in his sweet-natured optimism and his confident stillness. Dressed in crisp whites, it's easy to see him as an angel. In fact, some viewers are certain this was intended, but Evered is evasive.

Evered is a significant new writer/director to watch. Look for his latest film, A THOUSAND CUTS.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Acting and Story Dec 6 2013
By Kevin Peshick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an incredible dialog driven script that, if you need car crashes or explosions for entertainment, you will not enjoy. For the rest of us, along with being incredibly funny in the first half, it becomes a commentary on the split in our current society between the fact that we are sending men and women to war and yet many of us do not even think of us being at war in our daily lives. The young sailor's strength in the face of adversity certainly made the couple's day to day troubles seem quite petty in contrast.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersections Dec 30 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Charles Evered first wrote the play on which this film is based and then turned that play into a movie, directing it with all the sensitive promise of the script. It is a pleasure to experience this little low budget Indie and be swept up in the honest manner in which it invites us to look at our lives from a different perspective.

It is Fleet Week in New York, a time when sailors about to be shipped out to duty are given an evening of freedom with the option of accepting the invitation of families to invite them into their homes as a farewell. A young HM3 (navy corpsman) from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas played with poetic sensitivity by Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) is serendipitously 'adopted' by a dysfunctional New York couple - Patricia (Bebe Neuwirth) runs a gallery and husband Richard (Peter Coyote) makes films. As Patricia responds to the sailor's wonder, 'Movies are what people what to go see, films are what you try to convince people to see' - evidence that Patricia has been supporting the marriage so that Richard doesn't have to work except to make unwanted films: the couple is nearing dissolution. Through one evening of conversation Patricia and Richard voice their failing love, the sailor maintains an innocence about life in the big city and in doing so shares some of his own small town fears and frustrations about becoming an adult- and the three people find a new look on their lives as a result. The film is at once hilarious, verbally brutal, revealing, and genuinely tender as these three people's lives intersect to find new and healthy direction.

Ethan Peck is absolutely extraordinary in maintaining his innocent near-angel role, never becoming mawkish or a parody of 'Southern uneducated kids'. He is a joy throughout the film and demonstrates that he is an actor of great promise. Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote are both solid and polished actors and make us examine their decadent marriage without allowing the viewer to take sides but instead to ache for both of them. The film is a jewel and speaks especially loudly about the young lads who are being sent off to war. Charles Evered is a major talent to watch. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adopt A Sailor April 20 2010
By Michael S. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
At the heart of this film, is a very simple story about a very complicated relationship between three very different people. People who meet by chance, and who, in less time than it takes to have dinner-- become a "kind of family." From a structural standpoint, I of course considered "opening up" the movie further, ----"Why not see them go to the deli?" "Why not show Patricia at her gallery?" etc, but every time I tried to conceive the film that way, I seemed to be doing it for the "sake" of doing it----because convention seemed to dictate it. But
in the end, I decided to come to terms with and respect what I think the "core" of this story is: Three people meet, have dinner, and change each others lives forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie rescued by innocene. Feb. 8 2014
By drawfast - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great no holds barred movie on the past, present and future love of a couple due to innocence. Star studded cast gives a fantastic performance on what a relationship can be. Love, bitterness and the rebirth of love due to the eyes of an innocent stranger.

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