Good concept, poorly executed.
Beautiful, moving film.
The film may be flawed, but its message is not.
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
Yes, "All Nighter" (2017) is a MOVIE.ORIGINAL - it is not a remake, re-imagining, reboot - or sequel, prequel or whatever.It has no comic-book characters, video-art, SFX and aside from one well-timed punch in the face, no action.But what it does have is a PLOT, CHARACTERS - and J.K. Simmons.And he has charisma, style, that voice and that FACE.It is HE who drives this film.An odd-couple piece, where a busy businessman who has lost contact with his daughter teams up with her dopey ex-boyfriend to try to locate her (Simmons is the businessman).And so the mismatched pair spend the night cruising her haunts and friends...Simple enough - and this would only be a time-passer, were it not for J.K.At one point, a young girl describes him as "do-able" - a sentiment I can live with, given he is only two years younger than me and has the same hairstyle (none).Plus, he is one HELL of an actor.Of course, this indy movie has made no money at all - being ABOUT something - and one wonders how much longer such films will continue to be made.The answer is likely - not long.So check out this gem while you still CAN.
I love dumb comedies that sometimes don't have the best storyline or acting but still make you laugh. This was not one of them! The storyline makes no sense, and it tries to be too many things in one film...funny, quirky, random high guy, bro-mance, father-daughter sentimental relationship, dad finding himself.... blah blah. Waste of time to watch..
There was no point to this story. It's low budget. The script is bad. At least it's short (only one hour and twenty minutes), but it's not enjoyable. Complete waste of time. The actors were nice. But you are kind of waiting for something to happen, some development, and it never comes. It isn't a comedy either (we didn't laugh once).
A small, little indie comedy about a father who has to team up with his daughter's ex-boyfriend in order to find out where she is after it appears to be missing. J.K. Simmons plays the smart ass, witty father; Emile Hirsch takes the role of the "down on his luck", well intentioned but simple ex-boyfriend. Both of which are phenomenal actors and they do fine work here, but I feel as though their talents were almost wasted in this movie. Do not get me wrong however, I thought that this was a decent movie and I do recommend it as a light movie that you could pop on in the afternoon or early evening if you wanted to kill some time. However, I felt as though these two actors should be given much more challenging material than something like this which doesn't supply much depth in terms of character. Putting that aside though, I thought they did a good job and probably kept me from declaring this movie as something forgettable. The film has some laughs and does capture the awkward moments of their circumstance very well without falling into "Meet the Parents" styled humor territory. It does have a secondary character, played by Taran Killam, that after a while I found to be slightly grating but I never found it to ever completely break the movie. The two leads run into some quirky characters and cumbersome scenarios that kept me entertained. I should clarify though that this movie isn't quite like most shenanigans movies where the characters go through their personal arches over the course of a single night a la "Adventures in Babysitting", "License to Drive", "Hollywood Knights", or "Stretch". This plays the shenanigans a tad bit more low-key and realistic rather than completely over-the-top or all that wacky. It still does show the leads run into a pickle or two and have a few colorful characters along the way; and they do have their own character arches that they go through which are done well enough here.All around, I thought that this was a passably entertaining movie with a good moral or two. Has a good amount of chuckles. Good actors that may have actually elevated the film to be as decent as it is. It's well made, the narrative is relatively predictable but I like that it never makes anyone the villain when it so easily could have in some cases. So if you feel like watching a quirky, innocent comedy that will entertain you for an hour and a half then I think this will do.