All Is Bright


Action / Comedy / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 23%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 4968


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Paul Rudd as Rene
Emory Cohen as Lou, who comes to buy a tree
Paul Giamatti as Dennis
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1hr 47 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ritera1 6 / 10

I just didn't buy it.

There was a lot of charming elements to it, and a lot of contrived elements.

The characters were likable and sympathetic, by and large. And acted very well. I was very confused by the Russian girl. Suddenly near the end she's not a dentist but is actually a maid? I guess I missed something. And who was she attracted to? Giametti or the piano store salesman?

I had a very big problem with the scenario. I can see buying a product and the reselling it. But the conditions were just too prohibitive. I've never been to New York but I really didn't see that they could operate in that one place for weeks on end without police interference. Not to mention that I really don't think the trees in question could last that long, either.

And the launch into the third act? They're criminals. Why would they just have all that cash out in the open to steal. Just really dumb. I can't be really sympathetic to characters that dumb.

And finally the last scene with the piano in the front yard. Cinematic? Sure. Practical? NO! Much easier to set it up in the living room with Giametti looking through the window.

Reviewed by Daniel Hart 10 / 10

Broke homeless man needs a job, and makes up on things he did wrong.

The wry tone of "All Is Bright," a sardonic, smart screwball comedy that teams Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd as professional thieves trying to "go straight" by selling Christmas trees in New York City, is defined by its droll soundtrack of holiday favourite's. Familiar carols are reduced to bouncy instrumental elevator music with a hint of jazz and a smirk on its face.

Dennis (Mr. Giamatti), recently released from prison after serving four years for robbery, and his partner, Rene (Mr. Rudd), a safe-cracker, live in rural Quebec. Rene didn't show up for their last escapade, abandoning Dennis, who was arrested at the scene. While Dennis was incarcerated, Rene hooked up with his wife, Therese (Amy Landecker), who told their 7-year-old daughter, Michi (Tatyana Richaud), that her father had died of cancer. Rene is still married to another woman but has promised to wed Therese as soon as his wife agrees to a divorce.

How can Dennis bear to work with the man who left him holding the bag, then stole the woman for whom he still pines? As they say, beggars can't be choosers. The two are also longtime buddies, and Dennis, who is penniless, unemployed and on the brink of homelessness, is desperate. Laying a guilt trip on Rene, Dennis pressures him to take him on in the Christmas tree business. Even though Dennis is not allowed to leave the area while on parole, they load up a truck with trees and drive to New York.

These oddballs couldn't be more dissimilar. Dennis, a splenetic sad sack with a hangdog expression and a temper that could explode at any second, is very smart. The maddeningly goofy Rene is a compulsive talker with a streak of the ham actor in him. When their tree-selling enterprise gets off to a slow start, he affects the accent and rustic airs of Quebecois woodsman to charm potential buyers. Just when their business seems about to go bust, the last-minute rush for trees delivers a horde of customers.

"All Is Bright" is the first movie in eight years directed by Phil Morrison, who made a splash with his 2005 debut, "Junebug," a bittersweet family drama set in his home state, North Carolina. On the surface, the new film has little in common with "Junebug" except for its attention to psychological detail and its fondness for offbeat characters and respect for actors.

With its affection for downscale characters who dart in and out of the men's lives, "All Is Bright" has an openhandedness reminiscent of a Preston Sturges film. The screenplay, by Melissa James Gibson, a playwright who is a story editor of the TV series "The Americans," is devoid of laugh-out-loud jokes, but it has a continuing thread of bittersweet humour as Dennis and Rene interact with people in the neighbourhood, many of whom are struggling.

The most endearing character, Olga (Sally Hawkins, in a scene-stealing role), is the tough-tender Russian maid and house sitter for a pair of well-to-do dentists who are out of town. Olga befriends Dennis after she becomes his first customer, and he delivers and helps her install her tree. She doesn't seem to mind that his casual, compulsive thievery leads him to pocket expensive items from the dentists' well-appointed apartment.

Olga plays the piano, as does Dennis's daughter. Dennis's decision to steal a piano for Michi is the story's paradoxical moral fulcrum. His reversion to criminality enables a genuinely selfless act.

Reviewed by kristina 9 / 10

Likable and quirky

I really liked this film - like many of Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd's movies. They seem to go for interesting characters and quiet, realistic stories rather than sentimental or violent American claptrap.

It's a movie well worth watching more than once - there are nuances and side remarks I missed out the first time. Don't watch if you are into smartarse one-liners, car chases or beautiful young rich airheads covered in heavy make-up. More reminiscent of British/European films before they started targeting the US market. The characters are neither supergood nor evil - just human and flawed like all of us.

Nice one.

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