Matt Mulhern stars as an out of work sit-com actor visiting his empty childhood home on the Jersey shore while struggling to make sense of the loss of his father, his past, and, for one funny and heartbreaking week, himself.
Ben is a failed children's folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben's sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic world view seems unequivocally confirmed. But when Ibou's sister Khadi takes his place in their apartment, what starts as an awkward living arrangement becomes something more, and Ben finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.Written by
At one point in the film, Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan are talking about the impossibility of their relationship. Lathan's character says that they are like a hippo and a lion trying to mate. Broderick asks 'who's the hippo. Broderick voiced Simba in the "Lion King" franchise. See more »
When Ben folds Ibou's hands after finding him on his bed, you can see Ibou's left hand twitch slightly before Ben touches it. See more »
This is a problem often found in films where characters speak with foreign accents. There is a key conversation between Ben Singer (Broderick) and Ibu (Williams) over a chess game earlier in the film. The director didn't have the experience to slow the cadence so that the audience can hear AND understand. Consequently, some of the conversation is lost in the struggle to parse the words. Unfortunately, that dialog becomes key to the most powerful scene of the film which takes place very near the end. So, my advice is to listen carefully Otherwise, it's a good film, though the pace slows enough to suggest it's not going anywhere during the middle of the film.
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