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Rated R · 2010

Comedy drama
A solid cast buoys this offbeat indie comedy by first-time filmmaker Jonathan Sobol. Harvey Keitel is a rowdy, hard-living fellow in Niagara Falls, New York, who hangs himself in the opening sequence; when his last will and testament are made public, the three grown sons from his first marriage learn that years earlier he signed them up for clinical trials of a drug now known to be fatal. The sons react to this bad news in varying fashion: meathead Eddie (Jason Jones of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) decides to get back in the boxing ring one more time; woman-obsessed Cal (Scott Caan) pursues a doomed romance with a wild barmaid; and hyper-responsible Jacob (Paulo Costanzo) starts in on a bucket list that includes going over the falls in a barrel. Jones and Caan are typecast to perfection, and J.K. Simmons has plenty of screen time and good lines as a priest who was pals with the late father and tries to mentor the freaked-out sons.
Director: Jonathan Sobol
Producer: Sean Buckley, John Kozman`, Tim Merkel and Nicholas Tabarrok
Cast: Scott Caan, Tricia Helfer, Harvey Keitel, J.K. Simmons, Paulo Costanzo, Jason Jones, Jared Keeso, Allison Graham, James Rogers, Thomas Michael, Rufus Crawford, Alex Appel, Gavin Fox, Siam Yu and Horace Abel

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