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The D Train (2015)



Critic Consensus: The D Train offers Jack Black a too-rare opportunity to showcase his range, but its story and characters are too sloppily conceived to hold together as a film.

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All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who's now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden's most intoxicating performances to date, D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor. (C) IFC

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Jack Black
as Dan Landsman
James Marsden
as Oliver Lawless
Russell Posner
as Zach Landsman
Jeffrey Tambor
as Bill Shurmur
Han Soto
as Dale Harkin
Adria Tennor
as Classmate (Wendy)
Kendra Sue Waldman
as Hotel Employee
Terence Rosemore
as Employee #1 - Reggie
Liann Pattison
as Employee #2 - Older
Todd Blumenfeld
as Ross Clark
Jazzy Ellis
as Flight Attendant
Daniella Short
as Stripper #1
Cynyon Dawn
as Stripper #2
Joseph Anderson
as Hollywood Bar Waiter
Reginal Varice
as Cab Driver
John-Paul Flaim
as Paul Flaim-Sports Talk Host
Eric Bickel
as Sports Talk Host
Jason Bishop
as Sports Talk Host
John Auville
as Sports Talk Host
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Critic Reviews for The D Train

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (46)

There may be an interesting idea lurking in here somewhere, but any subversiveness is lost amid cod-indie gurning and comic bum notes.

September 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We're not quite in Bobcat Goldthwait country, but we have pulled up into adjacent territory.

September 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The central figure in The D Train (the title refers to the unearned nicknames that he constantly tries to award himself), Dan [as played by Jack Black] is a tragic monster.

September 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Jack Black gives one of his most nuanced and affecting performances in this oddball indie comedy.

September 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The D Train certainly takes you on a fun ride.

September 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Marsden's uninhibited faux celeb is spot on, but the rest falls short of the mark.

September 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The D Train


Jet black comedy drama with two standout performances and a hard R rating.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

The least awkward part of the movie was the gay sex.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

The D Train is an odd movie. It's an interesting one, don't get me wrong, but it's an odd one for sure. I'm a rather faithful comedy fan and have said many times on this site before that I carried a rather rabid affinity for the fan appointed "Frat Pack" that originally consisted of Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Owen and Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. Any time any of these guys decided to head up a film there was a desperate hope they would include a couple of the others in the proceedings. Soon, Judd Apatow and his gang emerged and the universe has been expanding ever since. In the wake of this merger it always felt like Black was somewhat left behind. This was obviously unfortunate given Black is one of those guys who can make you laugh with a simple facial expression, but his output has become increasingly stale since hitting a high mark in 2008 with Tropic Thunder and Kung-Fu Panda. Looking back through his filmography it is almost alarming how little he has done in the past few years with his last out and out feature being the horribly marketed and little-seen The Big Year in 2011. With The D Train, Black seems to be making something of a statement in that, at the very least, he'd like to see his career go in a more mature way, one that puts him in the position of actually investing in his characters and developing his skills rather than simply cashing the quick check and making the same faces. We've seen this before from the comic, especially in the underrated Bernie, but here it is more of a concentrated effort than the seemingly haphazard way in which Black picked projects prior. read the whole review at

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer

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