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Lullaby (2014)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2014 (USA)
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A man estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within forty-eight hours.

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Andrew Levitas

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Andrew Levitas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garrett Hedlund ... Jonathan
Richard Jenkins ... Robert
Anne Archer ... Rachel
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Karen
Amy Adams ... Emily
Jessica Barden ... Meredith
Terrence Howard ... Doctor Crier
Jennifer Hudson ... Nurse Carrie
Zac Ballard Zac Ballard ... Nicholas
Frankie Shaw ... Janice
Daniel Sunjata ... Officer Ramirez
Danielle Kotch ... Helen
Miles Kath ... Young Jonathan
Maddie Corman ... Beth
Anne Vyalitsyna ... Brooke (as Anne V.)
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A young man living in Los Angeles has been estranged from his wealthy New York family for years. One day, he suddenly receives word that his terminally ill father wishes to be taken off life support and has 36 hours to live. When he agrees to visit his father, he unintentionally sets up a family conflict with no easy resolution. Written by Anonymous

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What do you say when everything has been left unsaid?

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Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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A Última Canção See more »

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Jennifer Lawrence 'Lulliby' audition video is on YouTube.com See more »

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Life support attached at trachea, yet father speaks unimpeded. Should have had unit blocked off....if connected, air could not pass over vocal chords allowing speech. See more »

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George Jeffersons
Performed by Soulplusmind, Doey Rock and C-Plus
Written by Dennis P. Coronel, Wesley Ivazes, Kahallie Oden, Chaz Wheeler
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Emotional with some great performances! 6/10
7 February 2016 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: What a touching movie! This deep emotional drama really did touch me and the great performances from the actors, especially Richard Jenkins and the little kids, made this film a joy to watch. Richard Jenkins plays Robert, whose is a successful business man, suffering with terminal cancer. His son, Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund) rushes to be by his bedside but when he arrives at the hospital, his father tells him that he has requested for the machines to be switched off in 48 hours, which have been keeping him alive. Jonathan finds it hard to deal with his decision to end his life and he finds comfort from a young female patient, whilst having a cigarette by the fire escape. He then returns to his father and mother, Rachel (Anne Archer), who also is finding it hard to deal with his decision and when there daughter Karen (Jessica Brown Findlay) arrives, Robert tells them that he has left most of his money to various charities that need it, which doesn't go down to well with Karen and Jonathan. Karen then tells the family that she has taken out an injunction to stop her father from taking his own life and her troubled relationship with her brother, causes them to argue in front of there parents. After a while, the family come together and have a meal in the chapel, we're there mother breaks down because she doesn't know how she's going to live without any money. Jonathan then meets up with his old girlfriend, Emily (Amy Adams), who manages to calm him down and explains to him why there relationship broke down. He also manages to have a decent conversation with his sister and there father tells Karen that he would consider not going ahead with the suicide if she can come out with a good enough reason for him to stay alive. While she is putting together her case, Jonathan helps out the same patient that he had a cigarette with, by taking her to a prom, which the other patients put together in the hospital. He then spends the night with his father and Karen brings her case forward in the morning. Although her case is a good one, Robert still wants to go ahead with the suicide and now that the family have come together as one, they agree to his conditions. Dr. Crier (Terence Howard), turns off the machines with Roberts family by his side and they show there love for there father/husband while he slowly passes away. Emotional! I did shed a tear near the end but watching him in pain was just as bad. The spoilt kids bickering did get on my nerves because they were constantly being really selfish, without thinking about there poor mum who, practically lived in the hospital. Nurse Carrie (Jennifer Hudson), brought some needed wit to the movie and Richard Jenkins stayed upbeat to the end. You do need to be in the right frame of mind to watch the film because it is quite depressing but it's an illness that is affecting many people's life's in day to day life. Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie and I definitely recommend it to people who are into there emotional dramas. Enjoyable!

Round-Up: Garrett Hedlund, 31, first hit the big screen in 2004 in Troy, which isn't a bad way to start your career in cinema and he's also starred in Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers, Eragon, Death Sentence, Tron: Legacy, Country Strong, On The Road, Inside Llewyn Davis and Unbroken. He also plays Hook in the upcoming Pan and he stars alongside Oscar Isaac and Mark Wahlberg  in Mojave so his career has been pretty impressive so far. He did act like a spoilt brat in this movie but once he sorted himself out, he actually didn't turn out to be a bad guy. This is the first movie written and directed by Andrew Levitas, 38, who didn't do a bad job with this delicate subject. He got the most out of the impressive cast and for his first project, he really did show the different sides of how a family dealing with cancer. 

I recommend this movie to people who are into their dramatic movies starring Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Garrett Hedlund, Anne Archer and Jessica Brown Findlay. 6/10


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