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Run & Jump (2014)



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A headstrong Irish housewife finds her life transforming in ways she never thought possible after her husband suffers a life-altering stroke, and an American doctor arrives to chronicle the family's recovery process in this intimate drama from director Steph Green (whose short film New Boy was nominated for an Oscar in 2007). In the wake of her husband's stroke, loving wife and mother Vanetia (Maxine Peake) gradually comes to realize that her household will never be the same again. Much to Vanetia's relief, a research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte) provides the funds needed to remain financially afloat. Ted wants to study how the family copes with such a severe trauma, and though at first his presence in the home strikes a chord of resentment in the overburdened Vanetia, he exhibits an air of tranquility that soon becomes a source of deep comfort to her. Likewise, Vanetia's unwavering strong will awakens a newfound sense of vitality in the reserved Dr. Fielding, resulting in growth and healing for all involved. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Maxine Peake
as Vanetia Casey
Will Forte
as Dr. Ted Fielding
Edward Macliam
as Conor Casey
Ri Galway
as Simon
Joseph Kelly
as Old Man
Tim Landers
as Coach Gary
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Critic Reviews for Run & Jump

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (22)

Honest, and within touching distance of real poignancy.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This film's subject matter is gloomy but, interestingly, this is not a gloomy film. Instead, it is spilling with warmth, humour, colour, life, plus the weather is mostly nice.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Few surprises yet packs an emotional punch.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Forte and Peake excel in a notable debut from Green that marks her out as a director to watch.

May 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An impressive showcase for an array of seasoned talents and emerging masters.

May 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An impressive showcase for an array of seasoned talents and emerging masters.

May 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Run & Jump

An American neurologist bunks with an Irish family to study the eccentric behavior of the brain-damaged father who's recovering from a stroke; naturally, his objectivity erodes as he becomes emotionally involved with the wife and children. Mature drama that would have benefited from brisker pacing.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


"Run & Jump" starts with Vanetia(Maxine Peake) bringing her husband Conor(Edward MacLiam), a woodworker, home from the hospital after a stroke left him in a coma for a month and in the hospital for four more. Needing money, she lets Ted(Will Forte), a neuroscientist, into the home, not to aid with Conor's recovery which has gone as far as it can but to observe for a paper he is writing, displacing Lenny(Brendan Morris) who is being bullied from his room. "Run & Jump" is an offbeat and engaging look at the adjustments a family makes after an unthinkable tragedy, proving that there is no such thing as an impartial or invisible observer. Of particular interest is the way the movie does not offer up any easy solutions or magic bullets. As unpredictable as the movie can be while set in rural Ireland which can be simultaneously comforting and provincial, there are maybe certain story elements that I should have seen coming but didn't. Some of that comes down to the high level of performances, especially a vibrant Maxine Peake as the music-loving lynchpin of the family and Will Forte knowing enough again to keep out of the way.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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