Len and Company
Directed by Tim Godsall
A successful music producer quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when his estranged son and the pop star he's created come looking for answers.
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★★★½ review by onemarathon on Letterboxd
An odd, low-key - and not very traditional - father-son relationship drama. Len and Company doesn't aim to set the world on fire and that's all right; it accomplishes something else. A quiet study of a man who's lived a life few get to live... Len is a worn-out rock star turned music producer. He's experienced a life of ups and downs, poverty and hardship as a kid and as a young man, then fame and fortune... and the excess and problems that come with them.
Len now lives a secluded life somewhere out in the New York State boonies, trying to avoid people and their problems. And that includes his estranged son, Max. But Max, a young man now, actually, arrives unannounced one day, just to visit. Their relationship is strained, no thanks to Len's lack of social skills.
There are other visitors, all an annoyance of one sort or another to the cranky old master of the house. Amongst the gruff, if not exactly angry, bits, there are moments of humour. Hey, it happens. The best laugh is Len's appearance in a sort of "show and tell" at a school.
It's an odd story, but rather genuine... good enough acting and writing. Surprisingly enjoyable; I got more than I expected from this little flick.
★★★★ review by Rebecca on Letterboxd
I wouldn't say that I loved it, but I did like it and I think it accomplished exactly what the director wanted it to.
Supporting characters were left not fully explored (esp. William), but overall it was a nice, relaxed little film.
Small changes are still big, and they shouldn't be undervalued.
Also Juno Temple at peak attractive. I'm currently reliving middle school by watching movies starring JT to please my gay little heart.
★★★½ review by Andrew Franklin on Letterboxd
Cast Rhys Ifans in more things please, thanks.
★★★½ review by jerry hudson on Letterboxd
enjoyed, though dislikeable main character. ifan does inhabit role.
★★★★ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd
A pretty good movie. Rhys Ifans plays such an unlikable character though. Juno Temple is great in this bittersweet comedy, however.
An interesting story about fathers and sons and a man at the end of his rope.
I really enjoyed this :)
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