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An Actor Prepares (2018)




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After suffering a heart attack, a famous, hard-drinking actor, Atticus Smith (Oscar (R)-winner, Jeremy Irons) is forced to drive across the country to make it in time for his daughter's (Mamie Gummer, "The Good Wife") wedding. Atticus' only hope of making the wedding lies with his estranged son, Adam (Jack Huston, Ben-Hur) who wants nothing to do with him. As the two set out on their adventure, they become closer and realize they are more alike than they thought.

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Jeremy Irons
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Critic Reviews for An Actor Prepares

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The characters are so off-putting that our time spent with them quickly devolves into an endurance test.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Irons is clearly overjoyed to have a chance to break out of Serious Actor mode and have some fun at the expense of the master thespians he has had the chance to observe.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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One keeps hoping director Steve Clark, who penned the script with Thomas Moffett, would plot a few unexpected turns along the way.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Are all fathers and their grown sons estranged? Does every road trip movie have to be filled with quirky characters and colorful detours? Judging by An Actor Prepares and so many other movies of its ilk, the answer to all of these is yes.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The film feels like it's trying to satirise by saying it is a satire without actually doing any satire.

January 28, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Jeremy Irons is clearly having a ball playing an incorrigibly irresponsible actor in this road movie comedy, but as his boozy, self-absorbed rogue crosses the US with his sober-sided son it's unlikely that viewers will have nearly as much fun.

February 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An Actor Prepares


Seems like Jeremy Irons had a good time making <i>An Actor Prepares</i>. That's nice for him. I myself, did actually enjoy it more than I expected to by the end, even if the whole "Son accepts shitty dad by virtue of having to spend time in the same immediate vicinity as him" is a trope I absolutely loathe. It's not great, I won't recommend it, and I won't come back to it, but I did laugh a couple of times, and hate it significantly less than I thought I might.

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