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Dark Horse (2011)

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Romance blooms between two tricenarians in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director:

Todd Solondz

Writers:

Todd Solondz, Harold Manning (french adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melisa Young Melisa Young ... Wedding Singer
Jordan Gelber ... Abe
Selma Blair ... Miranda (formerly 'Vi')
Mia Farrow ... Phyllis
Christopher Walken ... Jackie
Zachary Booth ... Justin
Donna Murphy ... Marie
Tyler Maynard ... Jiminy
Mary Joy ... Lori
Peter McRobbie ... Arnie
Justin Bartha ... Richard
Aasif Mandvi ... Mahmoud
Di Quon ... Waitress
Lee Wilkof ... Phil
Tara-Lee Pollin Tara-Lee Pollin ... Dancing Bride
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Storyline

Abe Wertheimer - an odious, purposeless, self-centered 35-year-old living parasitically with his parents (by choice) and working in his dismayed father's business office (avoiding work while scoping eBay for collectible toys) - meets Miranda, an equally pathetic but self-loathing social dropout who, having given up on life, masochistically accepts Abe's sudden proposal of marriage for a knowingly grim future she won't fight against. Along with projecting his own faults onto his father, his own jealousy for lack of success and accomplishment onto his younger brother, and wallowing in the blind support of his mother, it's just another aspect of Abe's unsatisfying life that he just can't see to improve. A long-overdue decision finally spins his insignificant life out of control. Written by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi novia ideal See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,551, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$940,430, 25 November 2016
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Double Hope Films See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Selma Blair's character is essentially the same one that she played in Storytelling (2001). See more »

Goofs

When Abe is sitting alone in the Multiplex Cinema, before the movie begins there is a Movie Star Scramble ("Unscramble The Letters And Name This Movie Star!") on the screen. The scrambled name reads, "ORGEOE LONEYCO" which Abe whispers is "George Clooney" but "ORGEOE" cannot be rearranged into "George". See more »

Quotes

Miranda: [reconsidering her rejection of Abe's marriage proposal] I should stop trying to slit my wrists, give up on a literary career, give up on hope, ambition, success, independence, self-respect. I should just get married and have children.
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Connections

References Doctor Who: Arc of Infinity: Part One (1983) See more »

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Performed by HitparkMusic
Written by Gosta Hulden, Neil Athale, Charlie Mason
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Uncomfortably real.
2 October 2012 | by felixx-968-289082See all my reviews

I get it Todd. Real life is depressing. Abe is a product of American capitalism. He has rich parents, a bad diet, uses pop-culture catch-phrases and assumes an unearned sense of entitlement. It's pretty clear that there's no "Tommy Boy" redemption coming here, but anyone expecting a black humor comedy in it's place will be left wanting. There is little to root for in any of the characters and despite some great, very dry, performances "Dark Horse" is at heart about realism. Jobs are mundane, people are medicated, have awkward conversations and drive to mega malls. As document of the times, "Dark Horse" may be relevant, those seeking a 2 hr escape from reality will feel worse afterwards. Unless you drive a Hummer.


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