A Beginner's Guide to Endings (2010) Feature Trailer
Feature trailer for A Beginner's Guide to Endings.
Duke White (Harvey Keitel) hasnt been an ideal father to his five boys. An inveterate gambler who never experienced a windfall he couldnt blow within twenty-four hours, he has come to the end of his rope, literally. Years ago, he signed up his three eldest sons for unsafe drug tests that turned out to have dire consequences: the boys life expectancy have been substantially reduced. Upon receiving the news after their fathers funeral, the sons return to their family home in Niagara Falls, where they respond to their eminent demises in different yet equally hilarious ways.
Womanizing Cal (Scott Caan) is determined to hook up with Miranda (Tricia Helfer), the one girl who got away. Cautious Jacob (Paulo Costanzo), the only son with a real job, is determined to take every risk he didnt take earlier, usually accompanied by Dukes youngest son, Todd (Siam Yu). And finally theres his eldest, Nuts (Jason Jones), a boxer turned promoter who seems to have inherited his fathers love of the calamitous long shot.
Written and directed with a keen sense of father-son awareness, Jonathan Sobols A Beginners Guide to Endings features crackling dialogue and bravura performances. Keitel is hilarious and affecting as a man who cant even broach a subject without calculating the odds. Caan is perfect as the cocksure Cal, whos never experienced self-doubt and is now forced to wrestle with it. Costanzo is endearing as a man who never pursued excitement and now cant get enough of it. Finally, Jason Jones delivers a letter-perfect incarnation of a man who finally realizes that his actions have an impact on others as well as himself. Rounding out the stellar cast are Wendy Crewson as Dukes first wife and the always reliable J.K. Simmons as Uncle Pal, a preacher in a roadside chapel who tries to counsel the boys (usually to no avail).
A Beginners Guide to Endings is a bawdy paean to those of us who have never entirely worked out our relationship with our fathers (which may include pretty much everyone).
- Posted: August 09, 2011
- Director: Jonathan Sobol
- Writer: Jonathan Sobol
- Studio: Independent
- Release: September 16, 2010
- Cast: Tricia Helfer, Scott Caan, Harvey Keitel
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