Director: Roberto Faenza
Stars: Toby Regbo, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Liu, Deborah Ann Woll, Ellen Burstyn
A perceptive teen who's adrift in a sea of family dysfunction finds comfort and acceptance in the company of his nonconformist grandmother. Meanwhile, his mother thinks he needs a life coach, and his father thinks he's gay.
This a review of the movie and not the book. This movie just fell flat as hell for me. After seeing the title of this movie, I wanted to see it. It sounded great, dark and sad. I'm all in for that. This movie was just so dull and at sometimes boring. It was the characters that were so bad. They were all so out there and unbelievably dysfunctional. I mean with themselves and other people. They had no idea how to properly deal with people. They were just so screwed up. When you meet the Grandmother, You see that there is at least one sane normal person in the movie. She was a lovely character, and it did not hurt that the role was being played by Ellen Burstyn. You can never go wrong with her. She is brilliant.
The worst part about this movie was that the cast was so good, for the most part. This movie was just too dull for such an interesting cast. Marcia Gay Harden is one of the best actress out there. She can always knock out a great performance. It sucks that she is not that popular. The rest of the cast was so good, but it was just the story that failed.
I really wanted to like this movie, but I just could not. The story was just too bland and dull. It tried to be something it was not. If you decide to watch it, then by all means do so. It is just not a movie to watch over and over again. Enjoy.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011) Trailer