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Give or Take (2020)




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Martin's (Jamie Effros) a pragmatist who's checked the boxes of an acceptable life yet feels disconnected, especially from his father, Kenneth, a distant man Martin could never figure out. Their relationship got more complicated when Kenneth came out after his wife died. For the first time, he was able to live openly and honestly as a gay man. He found love with a younger man, his lawn guy, Ted (Norbert Leo Butz), and they'd been living together in Ken's house on Cape Cod ever since. When Kenneth dies, Martin goes home to sell the house while sharing it with Ted. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads, and negotiate how to remember the different man they both loved, and the significance of what he left behind.


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Backed by a bright, picturesque Cape Cod setting, Give or Take is a well-acted family dramedy with an authentic spirit.

October 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Give and Take is a film about the varying aspects of who we are as people. As Martin and Ted attempt to manage their pain and grief separately; eventually, it bubbles to the surface, exploding in a spectacular and slightly surprising way.

October 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Paul Riccio is canny enough to set the tropes we expect in motion, then knock most of them in completely different directions.

October 19, 2020 | Full Review…

But if Give or Take is anything to go by, [Riccio and Effros] should consider working together as writing partners again in the future.

October 18, 2020 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

If the film doesn't offer many surprises as we see through Martin's anger to his thinly masked grief, director Paul Riccio who wrote the script with Effros wins us over with gentle renderings of characters.

October 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Offers enough variations on a familiar set-up to feel unique and authentic.

October 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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