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Danny Collins

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Cast elevates sometimes-edgy story about musician.

Movie R 2015 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Ok story - didn’t need gratuitous full female nudity

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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For so many reasons, DANNY COLLINS shouldn't work. First, there's the plot, which, despite an intriguing premise, doesn't always feel original. And then there's the subplot about the son Danny abandoned, which distracts from the aforementioned intriguing premise and takes the story in a different direction. There are also plenty of cliches: Danny's rock-star lifestyle reads like a paint-by-numbers confection (wild parties, booze, drugs).

And yet, Danny Collins works, grounded by Pacino's textured, layered performance. The actor, who's brilliant but has been accused of gilding the lily sometimes, turns in a bravura portrayal that doesn't lean on the usual tricks. His Danny seems like a person we know, or whom we'd like to know, no matter how flawed or short-sighted he can be. His vulnerability is appealing. Same for Bobby Cannavale, who grounds his role as Danny's estranged son in true accessibility. Again, he feels like someone we know, or want to know. Frankly, the entire cast is fantastic, making more of a story that starts off promisingly but winds up in all-too-familiar places.

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