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Permission (2017)

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A woman on the brink of a marriage proposal is told by a friend that she should date other men before spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend.

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Brian Crano

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Brian Crano
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Anna
Dan Stevens ... Will
Gina Gershon ... Lydia
François Arnaud ... Dane
Morgan Spector ... Reece
David Joseph Craig ... Hale / Reece's boyfriend-Anna's brother
Jason Sudeikis ... Glenn
Sarah Steele ... Stevie
Michelle Hurst ... Dr. Bennett
Raúl Castillo ... Heron
Myles Rodriguez Myles Rodriguez ... Aiden
Tyler Rodriguez Tyler Rodriguez ... Aiden
Will Hawkins Will Hawkins ... James
Marc Iserlis ... Some Guy
Christopher Olivetti Christopher Olivetti ... Student
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Anna and Will, were each other's first every-things: first kiss, first love, first and only relationship. Now, 10 years in, at her 30th birthday party, as he is about to propose, her brother Hale and his life partner Reece make a drunken toast, suggesting that they should sleep around before their inevitable marriage. The joke lands like a lead balloon, but the thought lingers until she proposes that they try opening their relationship--as a sexual experiment. Together, they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries of their relationship and, along the way, evolve. Meanwhile, we also follow the relationship of the gay couple, Reece and Hale as they decide whether or not to become parents.

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How can you be certain he is the one, if he is the only one?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Second collaboration between Dan Stevens and Jason Sudeikis following Collosal (2017). See more »

Quotes

Dane: I lost my virginity to this record.
Will: You did!
Anna: [speaking over Will] Oh wait! So did I.
Will: So weird. So did... so did... so did she.
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New Year's Day
Performed by Joan Wasser (as Joan As Police Woman)
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Great acting, some great scenes - doesn't quite add up

Director/writer Brian Crano has assembled an excellent cast. Permission has adults having adult conversations. We watch as two very different couples grapple with managing their relationships and the hardships that ensue when one person (or both) deviate from "the plan". Crano allows his characters to be smart, stupid, loving, selfish ... that is, real people. Rebecca Hall steals the show and yet her character is perhaps the least likable of them all. After seeing her here, I will watch her in anything. A scene late in the movie is as real as life and as such is tender, wrenching, and beautiful. So, why only 5 stars? All of these great parts do not add up in the end. The middle of the film lags. As great as the acting may be, I didn't believe the ending. Crano works with his actors and creates great moments. The culmination of those moments, while clearly articulated in the film, seemed trite at worst and less than satisfying at best. Normally such an ending would result in less than 5 / 10 from me (starting from a pass/fail scale). Yet, the greatly crafted scenes and great ensemble acting make Permission worth recommending.


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Release Date:

9 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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$38,260
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