Groundhog Day and Multiplicity Wrapped in a Bold Dark Comedy Shell! (by cyberdan2002)
Take one part Groundhog Day, add one part Multiplicity, then dip in a thick dark comedy coating and you have got Andover. Not only does this exceptional movie take you on a journey through the lives and choices of very relatable and likable individuals, it forced me to ask questions of myself which, in more cases than I could have ever expected, I was surprised at my own answers. I found my internal pendulum swinging back and forth while I waited to find out where I would land on issues I thought I had already clear cut answers for walking in. Not only did I laugh at the well-crafted and <more>
executed dark humor, but just as often, I found myself as explored the question "what would I do?" and finding the answers to not be as black and white as I thought they were.Johnathan Silverman is wonderful, proving that he has continued to develop his impeccable sense of comedic timing over the years while proving his range goes far beyond what I would have ever expected. Jennifer Finnigan absolutely shines with exceptional performances all around. But most impressive to me was how writer/director Scott Perlman boldly and unabashedly takes aim at several highly polarizing concepts head on by wrapping them in thick coating of dark comedy, proving that if you get it just right, you can create a thought provoking movie that is highly enjoyable regardless of where you might stand on any specific subject. I only wish it had been shown in more theaters as I haven't had many people to discuss where they landed and if this movie made them rethink their beliefs the same way it did me. But I guess that is part of the fun. Hopefully it will be on VOD in the near future. I can't recommend this movie enough.
I rarely write reviews as I'm not one to waste my time. But when I saw there were only a few reviews for this movie, I just had to speak up. The vast majority of movies these days are just new twists on old ideas, but Andover really is original in not only what the story is about, but how it's told. Ok, its not Memento or Sin City, but it is very unique. The director brilliantly cast Johnathan Silverman that we all know and love as 'that kid from Weekend at Bernies' that you can't help but adore and his real world wife, Jennifer Finnigan, as his onscreen wife who owns <more>
every scene she's in btw . He then takes this real life couple and forces them down a dark, but very funny, road. Johnathan's character does things that only a handful of Hollywood icons would ever have the right to do on screen and still have it not only be funny, but touching and thought provoking. At least for me. I would not have wanted to sitting around the dinner table with these actors while they asked each other 'would you really do this to me?', but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall. You will walking out of the theater asking yourself what it means to "love at all costs". But more interesting will be the conversation you have with whoever you watch this with as they ask "what would you do?" Great movie!
Brilliant Summer film minus that Summer Blockbuster budget (by nrabond007)
Once in a great while, we need to break away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood and the rousing special effects of the Summer Blockbuster to take in life and enjoy an original story with a heart. "Andover" stars Jonathan Silverman, who plays Adam Slope, a genetics professor at a local college, who is dealing with the loss of his wife. Using the help of one of his most esteemed students, Slope uses the DNA in his departed wife's hair to essentially clone the wife he once had, discovering that the results are not always as expected. There are twists and surprises along the way, <more>
but Silverman, along with his ultra-talented supporting cast Featuring Richard Kind, Steven Bauer, Scout Taylor-Compton, Jennifer Finnegan, Angela Kinsey, and Beth Grant are all equal to the task in telling the heartwarming story, with an ending well worth the price of admission. The direction and writing of Scott Perlman, an alumnus from my alma mater, Barrington High School, is both smart and poignant, and should keep any viewer engaged throughout the production. You don't need a big budget to create a quality film, you just need passion and an effective cast competent of telling your story. 10/10.
Fun and quirky tale. Playful with a serious message. (by tkaine3)
This movie personifies the debate of whether cloning is humane through a make believe story of a college professor who loses his wife and repeatedly trys to clone her. The film is very light hearted and tactful maintaining its family friendly theme but when things start to go haywire a beautiful message develops. Great pacing and enough comic wit to keep everything upbeat and in good spirits. I give this a Good movie rating when seeking something clean and fun.
Live for today (by notanaxkiller-107-287911)
A man gets seemingly unlimited opportunities at a second chance, but in the end, all he really gets is one more. How many times have we wished that we could do things over... and over? How many tiimes HAVE we had a secomd chance, just to mess it up again? It seems that somes things are meant to be, and some are not. That some things have a time limit. They are good until they run their course, then nothing can make them right again. That sometimes, we have to admit that things have changed, and find a new direction. Jennifer Finnigan looks likke no one else in the world, has a unique <more>
personality, and is a pleasure to watch. She steals every scene she is in. This film has everything. Sadness, and loss, comedy, " Quit beating yourself up!"..discovery and happiness. And it tells us not to force things. To let life come to us. You can't make someone love you. and you can't live in the past. A great supporting cast, and a REALLY original story.
Not what I expected in a GOOD way (by AsAboveSoBelow333)
Thought this was going to be a goofy romantic comedy but it had a much darker twist. I love when a movie shifts your loyalties, without any spoilers at first we're pulling for Jonathan Silverman's character but it gets to a point where you're like dude...no. Just...NO. This movie benefits from not being a big studio release because I can't imagine some of the scenes getting past focus groups because they tow the line between sweet/creepy. It's def it's own thing, and I like that it didn't have some big I LEARNED MY LESSON scene instead it just went for it and I <more>
enjoyed how it didn't apologize for being weird or try to suddenly get more conventional in the third act.