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James White (2015)



Critic Consensus: Led by powerfully complementary performances from Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, James White offers an affecting calling card for debuting writer-director Josh Mond.

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James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. The directorial debut of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2014 where it was the winner of the "Best of Next" Audience Award, is a confident and closely observed debut that explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son. Abbott's strong central performance is aided by a stellar supporting cast featuring Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City"), Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi ("Comedy Bang! Bang!"), and Ron Livingston (DRINKING BUDDIES). Shot on location in New York City with an intimate visual style, JAMES WHITE follows its lead into deep, affecting places while still maintaining its fragile humanity.

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Christopher Abbott
as James White
Cynthia Nixon
as Gail White
David Call
as Elliot
Rosemary Howard
as Second Nurse
Patrick Murney
as Bartender
Bhavesh Patel
as Dr. Lobo
Jessica Wong
as Jesse (M)
Scott Cohen
as Barry White
Zazie Beetz
as Girl #1
Rachel Brosnahan
as Woman (Ellen)
Betsy Aidem
as Woman #2
David Cale
as Gried Counselor
Richard Topol
as Pharmacist
Rodrigo Lopresti
as Bar Patron #2
Carlos González
as Down Low Guy
Patrick Walsh
as Bar Patron #1
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Critic Reviews for James White

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (31)

It's not easy viewing by any means. But it is strangely refreshing for a movie to show us that terminal illness involves agony and vomit and terror, despite what Beaches might have told us.

February 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Whether you want to spend time with "James White" depends on your tolerance for yet another film about how hard it is for guys who just feel too much.

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

The experience of watching "James White" is like being shut up in a small, dark, airless room ... a sickroom.

December 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's Abbott who's the revelation, showing off all sorts of previously unseen leading-man potential.

December 4, 2015

An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Abbott contributes a smart, soulful performance, but Nixon keeps threatening to walk away with the movie as the mother, who can't get enough of life and whose physical decay is colored by rage, defiance, and terror.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for James White

The world doesn't need any more movies about angry, aimless, and affluent white men in their late 20s . . . however, it's hard to dismiss a movie with as many good elements as this one has. Abbott's phenomenal in the lead role and I like how the camera movements are perfectly in sync with his erratic mood swings.

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