Rated PG-13 · 102 minutes · 2010

Crime drama, Romance, Thriller
Robert Duvall could sit around in his greasy underpants reading aloud from the index to Sarah Palin's autobiography (“Islamocommunist, Islamofascist, Islamohitler ...”) and be utterly compelling, so first-time feature director Aaron Schneider has an easy go of it with Duvall in the lead. He plays Felix Bush, an ornery hermit in 1930s Tennessee who wants to see his own funeral. To this end, he hires unctious mortician Frank Quin (Bill Murray) to put on a party for him, a job Quin relishes because it involves the transfer of money from the non-Frank Quin part of the world to the more cherished Frank Quin areas. The main conceit of the film is that Bush carries a terrible secret concerning some horrible crime or sin he committed 40 years earlier. The build-up is fun, and the lead actors do a great job with some excellent dialogue, but ultimately, the payoff is a letdown. The actual secret is pretty bland, and director Schneider tugs so hard on the heartstrings that they break and go slack. Great cinematography and a beautiful, period-perfect soundtrack of old-timey string music help make the film more than entertaining, though the ending makes it less than perfect.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/getlow
Director: Aaron Schneider
Producer: Dean Zanuck, David Gundlach, David Ginsberg, Harrison Zanuck, C. Mitchell, Joey Rappa, Robert Duvall, Rob Carliner, Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur, Alain Midzic, Blerim Destani, Dariusz Gasiorowski, Brad Park, Brandie Park, Konrad Wojterkowski, Scott Fischer, Don Mandrik, Chris Provenzano and Beth Crookham
Cast: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper, Lori Beth Edgeman and Linds Edwards


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Indy Week Get Low doesn't go low enough A film that looks to Horton Foote for inspiration is worth taking seriously, but this director and screenwriter don't have what it takes to give their synthetic concoction any authority. by David Fellerath 08/25/2010
Memphis Flyer Actor's Studio Three great veterans save a promising but wobbly director's debut. by Chris Herrington 08/26/2010
The Coast Halifax Get Low leaves on a high by Sue Carter Flinn 08/26/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent Hallmark moments: Get Low How should an audience respond when a performance comes so naturally to the great actor Robert Duvall that he all but renders the film itself superfluous? by Jonathan Kiefer 08/26/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Aug. 27 Get high with Get Low; and watch your head, 'cause this is The Last Exorcism you're going to get (and heaven help you if you see it in 3D); plus a special screening. 08/27/2010
Creative Loafing Atlanta Aaron Schneider's Get Low makes the Old South feel new again Oscar winner Aaron Schneider returns to the South for his directorial debut by Curt Holman 08/17/2010
Boise Weekly High Marks for Get Low "I once sold 26 of the ugliest cars ever made one December in Chicago with the wind blowing so far up my ass I was farting snowflakes in July." by George Prentice 08/25/2010
Portland Mercury Lifetime Achievement Get Low: Robert Duvall's still a badass. by Andrew Wright 08/12/2010
Charleston City Paper A crazy ole coot throws his own funeral in the kitschy Get Low Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is the kind of man children fear and men tell stories about. He's the most notorious hermit in 1938's East Tennessee. He even has a sign nailed on his property warning "No damn trespassing. Beware of mule." In case anyone misses the point, Bush fires off a shot after hanging the sign, a gunpowder punctuation mark that declares he means business. by Felicia Feaster 08/24/2010

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