Daddy Longlegs | Chicago Reader

Daddy Longlegs

Ronald Bronstein, who wrote and directed the disquieting indie Frownland, steps in front of the cameras for this similarly lo-fi drama, and his loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat. His character, a projectionist at a midtown Manhattan art house, haggles with his ex-wife for more custody of the kids, but once he's got them he starts hustling friends and neighbors to babysit. Clowning around, doing handstands on the street, he's more of a playmate than a parent, and after a while even the boys get wise to him. Writer-directors Ben and Joshua Safdie share the grainy verite aesthetic that Bronstein brought to his own movie, but their semi-autobiographical tale also recalls the fiction of Richard Yates with its images of kids ruefully united by a parent’s immaturity. Also known as Go Get Some Rosemary. 100 min.

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Cast:

  • Ronald Bronstein
  • Sage Ranaldo
  • Frey Ranaldo
  • Victor Puccio
  • Eleonore Hendricks
  • Sean Williams
  • Dakota Goldhor
  • Abel Ferrara
  • Leah Singer
  • Jake Braff
  • Lee Ranaldo

Producers:

  • Casey Neistat
  • Tom Scott
  • Andy Spade

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