Wilson

Wilson

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen version
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A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

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Based on the 2010 graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes, this film doesn't quite cut the mustard, and I consider myself both a solid Woody Harrelson fan and a seasoned misanthrope. The problem is that WILSON is caught between trying to faithfully portray someone who is truly misanthropic while at the same time delivering the cloyingly sweet "Aw, shucks!" validation of conventional morality that mainstream comedies must. So in the end you get a movie that has some laughs but can't escape being a dud.

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biblioQ
Jan 11, 2018

Intelligent dark comedy, with two brilliant actors (Harrelson and Dern). I totally got Wilson's take on the world, his sarcasm, and the belief that there is really something good out there, if you look for it, and that life is always redeemable.

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franklewis1
Dec 23, 2017

If you have a dry, sick sense of humor then you are going to love this movie. Its a guy and his dog and the world changing fast around him. He and his dog get home and announce: Honey I'm home, what's for dinner? Of course no one is home to greet him and there is no dinner prepared, he is a bachelor with his dog. If you can pick up on the humor you are going to enjoy the movie, Wilson.

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BridgettM
Dec 05, 2017

I recommend Wilson only for fans of independent films. Even then, you should approach it with low expectations. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes, and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, True Adolescents). Woody Harrelson was perfectly cast as the title character. It was filmed in the Twin Cities, so if nothing else, it's fun (at least I think so) to try to recognize the filming locations. Wilson is rated R for language throughout and some sexuality.

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lindy919
Nov 28, 2017

At the end of this I thought to myself, "Why can't we make good comedies anymore?"

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redtayres
Nov 17, 2017

Wilson is not a horrid movie but it's one that left me shrugging my shoulders. The character played by Woody Harrelson, and in every single scene, is neither realistic nor likable. Co-star, Laura Dern, is as good as always but plays another character who I could neither relate to nor understand. This movie kept me interested but by the end that interest turned to complete mystification.

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22950009010265
Oct 29, 2017

Complete waste of time. Just stupid movie.

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downsman
Oct 26, 2017

One of the best comedies I've seen this year. Harrelson plays Wilson, a character who's irritating, funny, pathetic, and deserving of empathy by turn. Yes, his delivery is Woody-Allenesque but that does not detract from what he's saying. Had never heard of it previously but I'm so glad I watched it. Eventually Wilson figures out that you should count your blessings, but it's how he gets to that point that's both funny and moving. And the movie's stuffed with accomplished character actors. Loved it.

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cmarie20
Oct 17, 2017

Peculiar - Harrelson must have needed the money

Franln Oct 08, 2017

Wilson's the annoying guy with no filter who sits next to you on an empty train and starts a conversation when you want to be left alone. But somehow Woody Harrelson makes this character likeable.

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2017

I believe that every one of us has a story to tell... and we're all part of
the human family. How tragic we've lost all sense of community. A sense of camaraderie with our friends and neighbors.
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Nobody has actual conversations anymore. It's a real shame. I mean, everybody's got something valuable to offer if you just take the time to listen... And if you're lucky enough to find a friend or two in this world...
well, brother, you've hit the jackpot.
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I always knew that she hated me... but I always thought that you were my best friend!
-He's your only friend!

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2017

Remember when we were kids? Life was all there in front of us, waiting to happen. You could be an astronaut or the President, whatever the hell you wanted. Every day was an adventure, and things were only going to get better. Then the years pass and you start to see... that it's all a big fairy tale. Total bullshxt. I'm no genius, but I like to think I've figured a few things out along the way. For one thing, modern civilization is a scam. A sad, pointless charade built on lies. You have to have the courage to go your own way. Happiness is hard to come by. Sure as hell aren't gonna find it in some stupid gadget. There you are, tapping on some little box... while the real shit is happening all around you, dumb-ass.

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2017

We like our stories to end with the promise of hope. Happily ever after and all that. Is that as clear as it gets? Too bad real lives don't have that structure. Or, hell, maybe they do. Maybe it's right there in front of us
and we just can't see it.
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I really have to just take stock of my life. Start counting my blessings. The fact is, I got it pretty good here with you, Shelly. You know, I mean we all want people to love us for exactly who we are. But that's not really possible in this world because we're just all too unbearable. You know? We got to...
make the best of what we have, you know?

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