Limited release 5/9/2014
Saw it at The Loft on Friday, 5/16/2014
RT Critic: 32% Audience: 35%
Directed by John Slattery
Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Richard Jenkins
My comments: I kept wondering where this was going, since they showed the near-ending at the beginning and then told the story leading up to it. Was it supposed to be a dark comedy? There were a few tongue-in-cheek places that made me laugh, but not enough comedy to count it as a COMEDY. Yes, there was a feel for this neighborhood (a real one? in Philly?), but it was bleak, dark, depressing and filled with alcoholism. I did think the ending was particularly good, however.
Rotten Tomatoes says: In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, Mickey Scarpato's crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction "accident," and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please, and a debt he can't pay. Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the