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The Quitter (Film) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

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Length: 86 minutes
 
Release Date: September 12, 2014
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
3/ 5


User Rating
3 total ratings

 

We liked?


A funny and heartwarming story with welcome comic relief.

Not so much?


Main characters come off a bit wooden at times, and story feels overly cluttered with undeveloped plot lines.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Quitter is a film about second chances and making it right, even if doing so isn’t all that comfortable. Jonathan is a young man who seems to be living the life. He makes a living running batting cages, and the guys who work with him aren’t just employees, they’re friends too. But Jonathan is […]

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Posted September 4, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

The Quitter is a film about second chances and making it right, even if doing so isn’t all that comfortable. Jonathan is a young man who seems to be living the life. He makes a living running batting cages, and the guys who work with him aren’t just employees, they’re friends too. But Jonathan is haunted by his failure at a career in baseball – and so is his unreasonably bitter father. This aspect of the story is perhaps the most confusing part of the film, as it’s never actually addressed. You know, vaguely, that Jonathan used to play and that his dad is supper pissed that he doesn’t anymore, even years later. You don’t know why, and you don’t really even know if Jonathan was good enough to actually have a shot at a career in it even if he’d continued playing. It just ends up feeling like the story is too cluttered with unnecessary elements that just aren’t as well developed as they could be.

Jonathan has done some good things in life, though, the main one being fathering an adorable little girl named Luka. Unfortunately, when Luka was conceived Jonathan did not step up to the plate, and her mother Georgie was forced to do the business of parenting all on her own. But now Georgie and Luka have moved back to Brooklyn, and Jonathan quickly gets a sense of what it is that he has thrown away. Jonathan is determined to finally do the right thing, but Georgie is reluctant to let him in – and rightfully so. What ensues is a careful dance of the three of them getting to know (and trust) one another, a little bit at a time.

The Quitter has some genuinely funny moments, most notably those involving Georgie’s quirky neighbors and a ballet instructor who was an old friend (played quite well by Natasha Lyonne). For the most part, their parts serve as nice comic relief, and they end up to be some of the most enjoyable moments in the film. The interactions between Jonathan and Luka are mostly heartwarming and cute, and the acting is believable. However, many of the interactions between Jonathan and Georgie come across as wooden, and the writing in these moments tends to be a bit cliched.

For the most part, The Quitter is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two without having to think too much. While the relationship between the main characters isn’t always as compelling as it could be, some genuinely funny supporting cast provide welcome comic relief.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)