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Answers to Nothing

Rated R 124 minutes 2011

Like Paul Haggis's Crash (2004), this brooding indie by writer-director Matthew Leutwyler is an ensemble drama set in Los Angeles, with intersecting stories about racism, class, anomie, violence, reconciliation, and redemption. A psychotherapist (Dane Cook) cheats on his attorney wife (Elizabeth Mitchell) with a waifish rock singer (Aja Volkman); among the other characters are an African-American TV writer (Kali Hawk) who hates black people and a widower (Erik Palladino) who stumbles onto a kidnapping case. The latter development provides the film with a denouement that's dramatically valid if overly neat. With Barbara Hershey and Greg Germann.

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Director: Matthew Leutwyler

Producer: Amanda Marshall, Sim Sarna and Matt Leutwyler

Cast: Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey, Zach Gilford, Erik Palladino, Kali Hawk, Aja Volkman, Miranda Bailey, Mark Kelly, Joel Michaely, Cassius Willis, Ric Barbera, Andrew Borba and Karley Collins


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