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53 Ratings

Donald Cried

Directed by Kris Avedisian
United States, 2016
Drama, Comedy


Returning home to working class Warwick, Rhode Island, Peter Latang encounters childhood friend Donald Treebeck for what starts as a simple favor and turns into a long van ride into two friends past.

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Donald Cried Directed by Kris Avedisian
In Avedisian’s turn there is a heartfelt longing for companionship and a sincere need for self-preservation that speak to both an internalized vision of the character and a tightly executed screenplay with honest twists. Working on a tale about unwanted reconnection, co-scribes and leads Kris Avedisian and Jesse Wakeman have created an awkwardly touching hangout picture.
March 03, 2017
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The movie ought to be insufferable… That’s not to say, however, that condescension is on Avedisian’s agenda. By casting everything in a sharply naturalistic light in order to ground them firmly in a recognizable real world, he shows a sincere interest in trying to understand these people, and maybe even implicating us in the process. Like any person worth knowing, warts and all, the more we get to know Donald and Peter, the more affecting the film becomes.
March 02, 2017
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The man-child/straight man dynamic feels secondhand until fairly late in the going, when Peter, not long after having finally thawed a bit, abruptly ditches Donald to pursue a romantic opportunity with his real-estate agent (Louisa Krause, who’s consistently a joy in tiny parts like this one). The emotions this betrayal inspires are raw enough, on all sides, to make one wish the film as a whole were less cartoonish and more nuanced, so that its finest moments wouldn’t feel quite so out of place.
March 01, 2017
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