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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

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Gus Van Sant

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John Callahan (based on the book by), John Callahan (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... John Callahan
Jonah Hill ... Donny
Rooney Mara ... Annu
Jack Black ... Dexter
Tony Greenhand ... Tim
Beth Ditto ... Reba
Mark Webber ... Mike
Ronnie Adrian ... Martingale
Kim Gordon ... Corky
Udo Kier ... Hans
Carrie Brownstein ... Suzanne
Ethan Tindukasiri ... Skateboarder #1
Sunny Suljic ... Skateboarder #2
Cree Kawa ... Skateboarder #3
Nolan Gross ... Skateboarder #4
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Storyline

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment - with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) - Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan's autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Don't just sit there. Do nothing.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some nudity and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,339, 15 July 2018

Gross USA:

$2,793,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,586,078
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on a true story about John Callahan, who himself wrote and sung the music track called "Texas when you go", which song can be heard during the end credits of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When John is riding around town showing his cartoons to various people, he passes one to a street guitarist. The guitarist takes the cartoon and says "I like the shading". In the next cut, the guitarist's hand rests on his shoulder as John closes his portfolio containing the cartoon. See more »

Quotes

John Callahan: Don't get urine in the picture!
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Auntie Tia
Written and Performed by Danny Elfman
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Simply put - Honest and well made.
24 January 2019 | by rickbobchristieSee all my reviews

From a technical viewpoint, very well executed - lighting and Cinematography were excellent. As for writing - every character in this is so well conveyed that the actors are able to do the story justice. Joaquin Phoenix did an excellent job as expected - both him and Jonah Hill really showed some emotional range in their roles. Rooney Mara's performance was great and her chemistry with Mr. Callahan was palpable; although not nearly as much so as Mr. Callahan's screen chemistry with Donny. Even the time Jack Black and Joaquin have on screen together is magical - and weirdly enough I don't think they could've cast anyone better for Jack Black's character.

The movie ended up being more of an exploration of 12 step program than I expected, but by the end it actually gave me deeper insight and understanding of those struggling with alcoholism who seek help. Knowing tons of people who've gone through the program (recurring ones and success stories) it's given me a slightly deeper appreciation for anyone's struggle/experience.


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