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Momma's Man [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Matt Boren, Ken Jacobs, Richard Edson, Piero Arcilesi, Eleanor Hutchins
  • Directors: Azazel Jacobs
  • Producers: Hunter Gray
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Diffusion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ICWX76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After a holiday visit with his parents, Mikey is headed to the airport to return to his wife and newborn baby. Except he doesn't board the plane. Instead he returns to his parents loft in lower Manhattan, back to his childhood room that has since been converted to storage. Unsure of his own motivations, he makes up excuses about why he's staying his flight is delayed, his flight is cancelled. A day passes, and then another, and he calls home and work to say he can't return just yet his parents are getting old, his parents are ill, time is too short.

His doting mother is more than happy to enable his procrastination, while his artist father is suspicious. From afar, his confused wife grows increasingly unsettled. Meanwhile Mikey moves back into his room, digging out notebooks and mementos, calling on old friends. As the days go on he becomes more and more entrenched in his adolescent sanctuary, and comes to a point where he must choose between life as it is and life as it was.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 26 April 2010
Format: DVD
On a short trip to New York on business Mikey uses the opportunity to stay with his artist parents. After a brief visit he leaves to return home to his wife and newborn child in L.A, but after his flight is cancelled due to bad weather he's forced to return to his parents cluttered bohemian loft apartment which was once his childhood home. After a couple of days struggling to get a flight, Mikey beings to look through his old belongings, finding old letters from high school girlfriends, playing guitar, reading old comic books and visiting an old childhood friend. Soon he begins to come up with excuses to extend the visit with his parents, by emotionally blackmailing his wife, telling his employer he can't return to work as his mother is sick, lying to his parents about his wife having an affair and finally just turning his mobile phone off so no one can contact him. Hiding away in his parents loft his behaviour and mindset becomes more and more inward-looking to the point he can't even leave the apartment.
Filmed on a tiny budget Momma's Man is a film which will undoubtedly divide opinion, some will see it as a boring hour and forty minutes in which not much happens and some will see it as a slow paced and gentle look at a grown man's breakdown and decent into emotional adolescence to avoid the pressures of adult life. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it and while it was a bit too long it was the central performance from Matt Boren as Mikey which held the film together.
The direction from Azazel Jacobs was gently paced and had some wonderfully subtle moments which were often heart warming and painful to watch. While not to everyone's taste, if you like low-budget independent cinema then this is well worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Mecir on 7 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
I knew i was gonna be liking this within the first 10 minutes. Any film that is a bit down-beat, off-beat, low-key, and minor-mood gets my empathy immediately hooked in.

You've got a Jewish guy - Mikey - going back to his Jewish parents and hanging about in their idiosyncratic clutter of a New York loft flat. He's got a wife, baby, and job, back in California he seems reluctant to return to.

He's a having a nervous breakdown that's why. A crisis of confidence. Needs some loving reassurance from his boho parents. The director casts his real life parents to play stylised versions of themselves; momma a little more smothery mothery anxious, papa a little more taciturn and severe.

This loft flat is fascinating in an awful kind of way. Stuffed choka with memorabilia, assemblages, artifacts, wind-up toys, philosophical machines - a kind of studio cum archive overstock room, difficult to imagine how you could live amongst all that stuff as a kid - a son - without being claustrophobically comforted or overwhelmingly stunted (take your pick)

I couldn't wait for Mikey to get out of there, go take a walk outside somewhere big and fresh; but after a while he becomes paralysed by inertia, is all too literally fearful of leaving the front door and making the first step (down the stairs)

And then of course momma gives him exactly what he needs. So that he can let go of his past, leave limbo, move on to being the adult/parent he needs to be (but maybe been reluctant to be, not wanting it)

It's a quiet unassuming film. Everything - the setting, his parents, his dilemma, his angst - feels appropriately authentic and dignified, realized with a kind of understated but affectionate pathos.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Film Me on 26 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this at the cinema back in May. It's one of the strongest American indies I've seen in recent years and thankfully not self-consciously quirky in the way that so many of them seem to be. A great set-up (the lead character visits his elderly parents but then can't leave) allows the director to examine family relationships, the fear of growing old and the basic question that faces us all, 'What are we doing?'. The film is made more poignant by the use of the director's real-life parents and their very bohemian Tribeca apartment. Definitely one for those who love intelligent and moving cinema.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Pattinson on 15 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
What a brilliant film. The relationships on screen are extremely well done and the themes of this film are something that we have all been familiar with at one point in our lives.
A great cast which uses fantastic actors as well as the directors parents to add an organic and believable script that should be seen by all.
Get it!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cory The Clown on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Really good film - great premise and well acted. Definitely a cut above the usual American low-fi indie.
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