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393 Ratings

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, 2018


About John Callahan, who became a paralyzed after a car accident at age 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Directed by Gus Van Sant
A film whose title perfectly encapsulates its gentle, crass jokiness—a tone that comes as a relief considering the severity of the subject matter. . . . With its inspirational arc and straightforward visual style, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is one of Van Sant’s more conventional movies, and yet it’s weirdly the best showcase for his gifts in a while: He plays the notes, and the result is music.
July 13, 2018
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Though the director and his sterling cast seem to get all the biographical details right, the soul is somehow missing. It’s a movie predicated on epiphanies, artificially structured to push Callahan toward self-understanding. But if you’re not going to contend with Callahan’s fraught, frequently abrasive sense of humor—the substance of who he was—what’s the point of making a movie about him?
July 12, 2018
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If you’ve ever hung out with an incorrigible drunk, then you’ll immediately appreciate the dramatic beats of “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” [a] cleverly volatile, infuriatingly random take on the disabled alcoholic cartoonist John Callahan. Self-pitying or smug, jaunty or crestfallen, callous or contrite, the movie’s fitful tone is fully yoked to Joaquin Phoenix’s sodden-to-sober lead performance.
July 11, 2018
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