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Rated R · 105 minutes · 2011

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Beginners has great performances, tells its story in a unique way, and stands out in a special-effects-drenched summer movie season. Buoyed by Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, the film is about a son putting his life on hold to help his father through the last, cancer-ridden months of his life. The father had just begun living again at 75, outing himself as gay and returning to a life that he had put on hold for about a half-century. The son is starting a new relationship, too. Actually, he’s beginning several of them: one with a beguiling French actress, one with a dutiful Jack Russell terrier, and one with himself and his newly rearranged memories of his father.


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Official Site: focusfeatures.com/beginners
Director: Mike Mills
Producer: Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen and Joan Scheckel
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller and Keegan Boos

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The Coast Halifax Beginners universal and inclusive Melancholy "memoir" one of the year's best films by Carsten Knox 07/14/2011
Memphis Flyer Humane Touch Beginners: a heartfelt but shoegazing romance. by Addison Engelking 07/07/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Glitter and buried gold: Beginners Watching writer-director Mike Mills adorn his film is like watching a child go a little too crazy with the glitter on an art project. by Justin Strout 07/14/2011
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Boise Weekly The Projector Fathers and sons, sisters and brothers (and the father they never knew), looking for love in all the right places and pretending in Paris. 07/01/2011
Creative Loafing Tampa The Green Lantern arrives Plus: The Art of Getting By and more what's playing at a theater near you. by Joe Bardi 06/16/2011
Portland Mercury Romance for Beginners Romcom meets geriatric coming-out story in Beginners. by Alison Hallett 06/09/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Beginners, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and other film events happening around town. 07/14/2011
Charleston City Paper Mike Mills' Beginners looks at his relationship with his openly gay dad Despite the fact that they are so close to us, our parents can present the biggest mysteries in our lives. What do they really think? What were their lives like before we came along? What are their secret hopes and desires buried underneath all of that parental devotion? Which of their own interests are they tamping down for the sake of us, their progeny? by Felicia Feaster 07/06/2011
Style Weekly Getting to Know You Mike Mills' "Beginners" is too cute for its own good. by Wayne Melton 07/26/2011

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