Parents' Guide to

A Long Way Down

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Awkward dark comedy has heavy themes, language, drinking.

Movie R 2014 96 minutes
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age 18+

Too many F- words

I was excited to read this book after discovering it on a list of " Books to Definitely Read Before You Enjoy the Movie." The plot line sounded intriguing. However, on page 34 I had already had enough. Too many f-words. I am taking it back to the library today. I'm very disappointed.

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Hornby's books have mostly translated into funny and poignant films like About a Boy and High Fidelity, so perhaps it was inevitable for one of his novels to seriously falter on the big screen. The cast of A Long Way Down is surprisingly stellar, but the characters are still unbelievable and difficult to relate with, except possibly for Paul's wannabe rocker J.J., who's more generally depressed than suffering from a particular tragedy. As Maureen, Collette, like Paul, exudes a quiet, pervasive sadness that's in sharp contrast to Poots' manic, potty-mouthed Jess and Brosnan's narcissistic and shallow Martin.

The screenplay and the direction are so uneven that they make the movie seem more like episodes of a zany TV dramedy patched together than a seamless story about four lonely souls who are desperate for connection and hope. The book, one would hope, fills in the holes that the movie glosses over, but on the screen, even the four points of view and narration don't truly invest the audience in the characters' lives. There are occasional funny moments and a predictable romance, but overall the tone and the execution fall flat.

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