R | 1h 28min | Comedy, Drama | 20 January 2013 (USA)
Leaving the ivy-covered walls of Yale behind, the privileged and intellectual Samuel sets out to discover the real world armed with books and a strong conviction of atheism. He goes to work at an apple orchard under an alias, but is thrust into a world he is wholly unprepared for with religious locals and untrustworthy co-workers. His sexuality and lack of faith will be tested as he learns to rely on strangers in a world that can’t be taught in books and a classroom.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for language and some sexual content
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I really liked this film because the main character reminded me of myself at that age: a bit naive about the world, clueless about how privileged I was to have gone to college, and terrified of recognizing the fact that I was gay. Jonathan Groff is such a pleasure to watch, you could justify watching the film as an excuse to look at Groff for 85 minutes. But he really does perform the role well here.
It’s just a simple film in a way: a young man sets out to break away from the world he knows to see if he can make sense of it. And it appears his family has cut him off so perhaps he had no choice. There are some little moments that will go over the heads of straight people, some of whom watch the whole movie without catching on to the fact that Groff’s character is gay (read the comments on YouTube and IMDb). Gays watching the film will figure that out from the bus ride at the beginning of the film and the way he responds to anti-gay slurs thoughtlessly tossed out by straight passengers. Even though there are so many un-likable characters in the story, it’s kind of oddly beautiful to watch. I could watch this film many times.
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Writers: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, David Sedaris (essay)
Stars: Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll
Language: English | Spanish
Release Date: 20 January 2013 (USA)
Also Known As: Божье дитя
Filming Locations: Oregon, USA