Berlin Film Review: ‘A Long Way Down’

Originally posted on Variety:

Nothing says comedy like “A Long Way Down’s” contrived meet-cute among four strangers who’ve all climbed to the top of the same tall building to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. Pierce Brosnan’s character ruined his life by indulging an underage fling, Toni Collette’s feels “helpless,” Imogen Poots’ probably just wants attention, and Aaron Paul’s seems upset that “Breaking Bad” is over. Luckily, these desperados have each other, which evidently worked for Nick Hornby as a novel, though in movie form, it’s worse than tacky, trivializing depression for a handful of easy laughs and pop-psychology platitudes. Euro auds might buy it, but the pic will hit the pavement hard abroad, no doubt swan-diving into VOD.

Like a cross between a warm-and-fuzzy support-group hug and one of those infernal Garry Marshall-directed holiday ensemblers, this ingratiating adaptation of Hornby’s fourth novel has been interpreted with plucky sitcom style by British TV scribe…

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