Dark Horse 2012

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Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector and a woman who is the dark horse of her family.

Starring:
Justin Bartha, Selma Blair
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Zachary Booth, Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Donna Murphy, Aasif Mandvi
Director Todd Solondz
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio AXIOM
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Zachary Booth, Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Donna Murphy, Aasif Mandvi
Director Todd Solondz
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio AXIOM
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
Format: DVD
There is nothing like getting two dysfunctional people together to create a successful quirky indie. What I liked about this film more than many of the others in this genre such as "Jack Goes Boating" or "Greenberg" is that I felt comfortable laughing at the plight of the main characters.

Abe (Jordan Gelber) works for his dad and lives at home with his parents (Mia Farrow/ Christopher Walken). He still collects toys and hasn't reached his maturity potential. He lives in the shadow of his successful brother (Justin Bartha). At a wedding, Abe meets Miranda (Selma Blair) a shy, overly medicated woman once married to Mahmoud (Aasif Mandvi). Abe is supported by his secretary (Donna Murphy) who becomes his imaginary conscience.

The setting takes place somewhere in New Jersey between Eagles and Giants country. The title "Dark Horse" is a reference to Abe. His dad likes dark horses. i.e. like the old days when the Giants would lose, but cover the point spread. Abe proposes to Miranda on their second meeting, which she ponders over in her medicated state which is apt for the tone of the film:

Miranda: "I want to want you."
Abe: "That's enough for me."

I liked the toy details and shirt selection of Abe. Indie movies pay attention to background details. Although I would have to ask Todd Solondz (writer, director) what real toy collector would remove the Gimli Toybiz figurine from its pack? The "Toys R Us" store logo is blurred out, apparently there being some legal issue. The film gave me a few laughs, worth a view for indie fans. Acting was great.

If you don't like Indie films based on quirky characters with little action, then this is not for you.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diane on 4 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great film, Darkly comic but also very touching, great film, i love Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow,in this movie, great viewing.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 14 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
I had never seen a Todd Solondz movie before but I was aware of his reputation as a maker of dark movies. The first twenty minutes of this movie hint that he has made a somewhat quirky romcom but don't be fooled.

The movie begins as overweight Abe (Jordan Gelber) gets quiet Miranda's (Selma Blair) number after they share a table at a wedding. He phones her and after a couple of awkward encounters they start going out. Perhaps this will lead to a happy ever after ending as this odd couple discover they are perfect for each other.

Maybe not. Abe lives with his parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow) and works for his Dad. He blames everything and everyone but himself for this situation, his parents, his more successful brother. In reality he is completely self-obsessed.
Miranda seems to suffer from depression and is taking a lot of medication. They both desperately want to be loved but perhaps there is a reason that they are unloved. Perhaps they are unlovable and all the wishing in the world won't change this.

Solondz takes an unwavering look at the unattractive traits that we all have and their consequences in our relationships with others. His conclusion seems to be that some people are destined not to have happy lives and perhaps they themselves are the main reason for this. And even if they find some kind of comfort pure bad luck can come in and spoil everything anyway.

Gelber and Blair are excellent in the main roles. In the supporting cast Walken, Farrow and Donna Murphy also excel.

Definitely a film to make you think, though they may not be nice thoughts!
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By iain mcdougall on 16 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Utter nonsense!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on 26 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Watching a Todd Solondz film is like walking down a dark alley in a rough neighbourhood: you know you probably won't enjoy it; there's a good chance you'll get mugged, but still you're perversely curious to see what you might find down there.

Conventional wisdom has it that Solondz' auterism (autism?) is wearing thin. His recent output is supposed not to have had the same claustrophobic intensity as Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness. This is certainly true of Dark Horse, a relatively gentle reflection on the passage of time seen through the eyes of Abe, a 30-something live-at-home Long Island loser (Jordan Gelber).

Solondz has wound his neurotic intensity dial back to mere "Larry David" setting: there are no paedophiles, no crank calls and no gruesome masturbation scenes here. Gelber responds by channelling George Costanza: Abe is overweight, balding and affects the petulant mannerisms of an awkward teen. He collects vintage toys, and his bedroom still posts wallpaper and posters from the 1980s.

As if to confirm his social retardation, Abe still lives with his parents (Mia Farrow and an impressively toupeed Christopher Walken). As hopeless as each of them is, Abe's permanently juvenile disposition is no-one's fault but his own.

At the wrong end of a ghastly wedding reception, Abe gamely strikes up a conversation with a fellow dance floor refugee, Miranda (Selma Blair, for her part channelling Ethel Glum). Miranda is also detesting her evening, but otherwise has nothing at all in common with Abe.
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