Featuring one of the last performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Slattery’s directorial debut (you know him as an actor on TV’s Mad Men) is a mixed bag that gets by on the strength of its performances. Hoffman is great as Mickey, a depressed small-time crook whose stepson is killed in a construction “accident.” Desperate to give him the funeral his wife (Christina Hendricks, also of Mad Men) wants for her son, he bets on horses with his pal (John Turturro) and creates more trouble for himself. Richard Jenkins plays a local celebrity author who writes about the neighborhood between screwdrivers, while Eddie Marsan steals scenes as a greedy funeral parlor owner. Slattery captures something interesting and grubby in the neighborhood, especially when the action takes place in a local bar. A sequence involving a dead body in an alley and eventually on a meat truck is extremely well done. Not a great movie, but it does show that Slattery is a competent director, and the Hoffman performance is very much worth seeing.
Director: John Slattery
Producer: Sam Bisbee, Jackie Brisbee, Lance Acord, John Slattery, Philip Hoffman, Emily Ziff, Wendy Neu, Mark Kamine, Michael Mailis, Galt Niederhoffer, Tom Valerio, Bill Perry, Frank Brenner and Stefan Sonnenfeld
Cast: Philip Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Caleb Jones, Eddie Marsan, Domenick Lombardozzi, Glenn Fleshler, Molly Price, Bridget Barkan, Arthur French, Joyce Van Patten and Peter Gerety