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Outside In (2018)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering -- yet thoroughly absorbing -- story.

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After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol - a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (21)

Edie Falco gives her most vulnerable and nuanced performance...

November 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Lynn Shelton wrote and directed two superior indie comedies, Humpday (2009) and Your Sister's Sister (2011)... Now she's back with an engrossing drama about love and circumstance, and there isn't a false note from start to finish.

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

What keeps Outside In interesting throughout is the nuanced work of its so very watchable leads - especially Duplass, who spent the first half of his career behind the camera writing, directing, and producing film and TV with his brother Mark.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Director Lynn Shelton brings a high empathic bar to Outside In, then dares the audience to clear it.

April 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The power of these performances is that you leave thinking that Chris and Carol are out there, somewhere, and you wish them well.

April 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Lynn Shelton's] actors are always natural and unaffected, but in [Edie] Falco and [Jay] Duplass, she's found interpreters who seem to breathe her characters.

April 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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