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The Leisure Seeker

Rated R 112 minutes 2018

This misguided road movie, the first English-language film from Italian director Paolo Virzi (Human Capital, Like Crazy), stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as an ailing, elderly Massachusetts couple who give their bossy middle-aged offspring the slip and head south in a vintage Winnebago for one last hurrah. The Alzheimer's-afflicted husband is a retired English lit teacher who remembers Ernest Hemingway but not his own kids' names, so his cancer-stricken wife maps a pilgrimage to the great author's landmark home in Key West. Finding any comedy in aggressive diseases requires a delicacy of tone absent from this plodding adaptation of Michael Zadoorian's novel. With Christian McKay and Janel Moloney.

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Director: Paolo Virzì

Producer: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, David Grumbach, Dov Mamann, Alessandro Mascheroni and Bryan Thomas

Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Kirsty Mitchell, Joshua Mikel, Robert Pralgo, Janel Moloney and Dick Gregory

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