Duane Hopwood (2005)
Critic Consensus: Duane Hopwood proves David Schwimmer has dramatic chops that have been too rarely tested onscreen, but fails to engage as an overall viewing experience.
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as Bob Flynn
as Mr. Alonso
as Mrs. Fillipi
as Male Judge
as Female Judge
as Linda's Lawyer
as Tommy the Security Guard
as Kate's Teacher
as Beefy Bartender
as Jogger No. 1
as Jogger No. 2
as Mrs. Wakely
Critic Reviews for Duane Hopwood
Visually dreary and not especially illuminating, Duane Hopwood can't quite get where it must have wanted to go.
... this downbeat indie drama gives the leads a few excellent scenes together, and they acquit themselves credibly. But there's also a fair amount of wilted comedy from the stock supporting characters ...
[The film is] suffused with hangdog dreariness, equivalent to a unsoled shoe treading rainwater.
It's just very authentic, very real. Everything that happens here you believe it.
Audience Reviews for Duane Hopwood
DAVID SCHWIMMER, JANEANE GAROFALO, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, JOHN KRASINSKI, STEVE SCHIRRIPA David Schwimmer stars as Duane Hopwood, a down-on-his-luck divorced father who works the night shift as a pit boss at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. Heartsick about the demise of his marriage to Linda (Janeane Garofolo), Duane does nothing much in his daily life but work and drink. When his visitation rights are threatened after he's caught driving while intoxicated with his daughter in the backseat, Duane confronts the realization that the time has come to get his life back on track before he loses everything. There are a lot of mixed reviews on this movie. I happened to like it. I wouldn't say enjoy, cause the movie is depressing and sad. But David Schwimmer is really, really, really good in this movie. He blew me away with his performance. First movie I have ever seen him in, and I will admit I was afraid I couldn't separate him from his character 'Ross' from the t.v. show 'Friends'. But there was no "Ross" in his performance. He was great. It's a very real, raw, and honest movie. Definitely not your feel good type movie. But one that will have you sympathizing with the characters, or even relating to them. The ending is bitter sweet. This story might touch home for a lot of people. It's a well done movie and I hope more people see it.
A good movie.
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